The first 5 of ten new mobile CCTV cameras are ready to be deployed across the Territory in a bid to crack down on crime and antisocial behaviour.
Two of the units have already been moved to Katherine.
Earlier this year the Government committed $1.3 million to buy 10 extra mobile CCTV units.
The units will be placed in antisocial behaviour hotspots and in front of bottleshops in a bid to detect and deter secondary supply of alcohol.
The Government is fighting alcohol-related crime through a suite of measures including sweeping alcohol reforms, more frontline officers and stronger police powers to shut down bottleshops caught selling alcohol irresponsibly.
Placement of mobile CCTV in front of bottleshops will further complement the work of the 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors and Alcohol Policing Unit by assisting with the identification and prosecution of those caught doing the wrong thing.
Seven additional support staff are being recruited to assist with the monitoring of cameras and to analyse alcohol-related data to assist with deployment.
The last five cameras are due to arrive in the early new year, bringing the total mobile units in the Territory to 20 - Alice Springs (6), Tennant Creek (2), Katherine (2) and the greater Darwin area (10).
Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Nicole Manison said: “Territorians have had a gutful of the crime and antisocial behaviour on our streets.
“That’s why the Government made an election commitment to put 120 more officers on the beat and equip them with the best tools possible to do the tough job they have.
“Mobile CCTV cameras allow police to rapidly deploy an overt surveillance capability that can be monitored live to assist in detecting incidents and identifying and prosecuting offenders.”
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