Expanded CCTV network to boost late-night safety

City of Sydney Councillors will tonight be asked to endorse the installation of 10 new CCTV cameras in Kings Cross, Surry Hills and the city centre as part of Council’s ongoing efforts to make Sydney’s streets safer after dark.

The CCTV network expansion next year will bring the total number of cameras in the city to 97.

In addition, NSW Police has agreed to work with the City and other key agencies to develop a new, coordinated approach to the current and future use of CCTV in Sydney. This will involve an audit of all public place CCTV systems and operators in Sydney.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the plans were the latest in a series of initiatives to boost safety and tackle alcohol-related violence across the city.

“The State Government is responsible for law and order and the tools Police need to do their job, including CCTV, but over the last 10 years the City has stepped in because no one else was funding them and it needed to be done,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our CCTV network is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in our control room at Town Hall and we regularly provide video feeds to Police at any sign of trouble.

“We are committed to taking immediate action wherever we can, and we are increasing our cameras both as a deterrent and a crime-solving tool.

“We’ve also increased the number of alcohol-free zones in the city to help police manage public drinking, have a compliance hot team who make sure licensed premises are obeying their development conditions, started the roll out of bright new LED lights to increase lighting, and we’re bringing our Precinct Ambassador program back for the summer months.

“This expansion of our CCTV network will assist NSW Police in preventing, detecting and investigating crimes in some of our busiest late-night precincts.”

The City already operates a network of 87 CCTV cameras in Kings Cross, Woolloomooloo, Surry Hills, Glebe and the city centre. The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the Security and Emergency Operations Centre at Town Hall.

Video footage is provided to NSW Police upon request in order to assist with investigations or legal proceedings.

Following consultation with NSW Police and a review of local crime mapping data, the City has identified locations for the new cameras at the following intersections:

  • William Street and Crown Street;
  • William Street and Forbes Street;
  • Darlinghurst Road and Llankelly Place;
  • Sussex Street and Druitt Street;
  • Sussex Street and Liverpool Street;
  • Pitt Street and Bathurst Street;
  • Liverpool Street and Castlereagh Street;
  • Pitt Street and Goulburn Street;
  • Oxford Street and Darlinghurst Road; and
  • George Street and Rawson Place.

The City will work with the Police and local residents and businesses to determine the final locations of the new cameras.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email kirvin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Shehana Teixeira
Phone 0418 238 373 or email steixeira@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au