New video security system doubles town surveillance
A workman (right) installs a new shire video security camera near the Victoria Hotel.
A NEW video security upgrade costing more than $300,000 is expected to become operational in Toodyay this month.
New monitors at Toodyay Police Station will enable 24-hour surveillance of the town’s approach roads, public spaces and main business and shopping areas.
A new network of 41 cameras owned and operated by the Shire of Toodyay will more than double the capacity of the old network, which has been dismantled.Read more
The upgrade will address the concerns of local business owners who complained in August that none of the old shire-owned cameras were working because a central computer server had not been repaired or replaced after breaking down several weeks earlier.
A shire spokesperson said the upgrade included installation of new five-metre ‘break back’ poles (enabling mounted equipment to be lowered to the ground).
The old camera and wireless links were being replaced with newly designed ‘end-to-end’ wireless links between each device and a central controller.
The system was being tested earlier this month before being handed over to the shire.
The shire had secured a $300,000 grant to fund the project, which was a partnership between the shire, local police, Telstra and local community organisation Safer Toodyay (formerly Toodyay Community Safety and Crime Prevention Association).