Local business owner Brodie Coles has this week called for a discount on the installation of security cameras, following continued reports of theft and other criminal activity in the Far West.
Mr Coles, who owns and operates Broken Hill Carpet Cleaners, told the Barrier Truth he was concerned his plea may fall on deaf ears.
“I wonder how long it’s going to take the government to offer a discount or rebate for security camera installs in rural crime hotspots,” he said.
Mr Coles suggested a discount could be applied to the cost of the hardware itself or a rebate offered to reduce the cost of installing cameras for business owners.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said that he is aware of the need for greater access to security measures for Australian communities impacted by crime.
“The former Coalition Government consistently demonstrated their awareness of the effectiveness of installing security cameras and other crime protection equipment through the Safer Communities Fund,” Mr Coulton said.
“The installation of effective security cameras, CCTV, strategic lighting, and other crime prevention measures, especially in areas which are particularly vulnerable to criminal activity, has been found to reduce instances of antisocial behaviour.”
Mr Coulton confirmed he would be supportive of the Federal Labor Government “introducing similar measures” and has called on them to take further action.
“I’m unaware of what the government has done to address crime especially in our rural communities, and I call on them to take action on what is a very important issue – the safety of our towns,” he said.
Mr Coles said he is speaking up now to prompt action.
Another option Mr Coles suggested is that the NSW or Federal Government “physically buy the systems themselves and send them directly to businesses that put a formal request in”.