Southern Grampians council will look at security cameras as part of digital plan

HAMILTON council is considering security cameras in the city as part of a wider digital plan.

Southern Grampians Shire Council economic development manager Hugh Koch said a digital strategy was in the process of being formulated and expected to be adopted early next year.

Southern Grampians Shire Council economic development manager Hugh Koch: security cameras will be considered as part of an overall digital plan.

Southern Grampians Shire Council economic development manager Hugh Koch: security cameras will be considered as part of an overall digital plan.

He said the strategy would look at digital opportunities including what infrastructure was required.

Mr Koch said the council had partnered with Telstra and another consultant to assist with the smart community and city framework and was involved in consultation with a wide range of community members including police.

"In conversations police have highlighted CCTV and the ways it can assist in a number of areas of public order," he said.

Mr Koch said a range of infrastructure options were being considered including CCTV, motion detectors, smart lighting and activated voice messages.

He said the council would also be looking at funding options in an effort to help lead and facilitate the community debate.

"These are conversation we will be having with the community," he said.

The issue of security cameras in the Hamilton central business district has been topic of conversation this week after a fourth attempted burglary on Hamilton jewellers in the past couple of months.

Jeweller Kerry Shepherd and Hamilton police Detective Sergeant Mark James are pushing for the council to support the initiative.

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