Community Safety in local government is about increasing the ability of people to live, work and play in the Tweed with little fear for their own safety, or safety of others. Council works in partnership with a range of stakeholders to improve community safety including police, neighbouring Councils, community and industry groups.
Concern for community safety can be both real and perceived; where a person's daily decisions are impacted by fear of being a victim of crime. Council aims to:
- minimise opportunities for crime through environmentally appropriate design in public infrastructure
- prepare Community Safety Plans in consultation with the community to develop initiatives and programs that address real and perceived safety concerns.
Committees, Interagency, Networks and Working Groups
Council attends a range of interagency meetings and working groups to facilitate forward planning across the Tweed.
Community Safety Precinct Committee
Community Safety Precinct Committees (CSPCs) are facilitated by NSW Police and provide an opportunity for local Councils and community members to meet with Police Local Area Commanders and share their perspective on local crime and safety issues. It provides the opportunity for community members and business owners to get involved in strategies designed to address local crime concerns. It also provides an opportunity for Local Area Commanders to promote accurate local crime information and raise awareness of crime prevention approaches. Meetings are held quarterly.
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Closed Circuit Television (CCTV )
Council operates a number of CCTV systems in public places within the Tweed to increase the level of safety for residents, businesses and tourists.
The CCTV cameras are located in sites across Kingscliff, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads South. These systems have a proven track record in capturing and recording evidence which law enforcement officers have used to successfully make convictions.
Council does not provide footage from its CCTV systems to individuals or organisations other than law enforcement agencies. All incidents or criminal activities must be reported to the Police, who will then request CCTV footage from Council.
There is a Draft Closed Circuit Television in Public Places Policy under review, find out more on the Your Say Tweed website.