Ballina MP Don Page has hit back at claims by Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson that CCTV cameras don’t prevent crime.
Speaking in response to the mid-winter spate of violence in Byron Bay last weekend, Cr Richardson said yesterday that he wouldn’t commit the council to applying for funding for the cameras because a condition was that any measures funded must prevent crime.
He added the cameras only helped to solve crimes.
But Mr Page said they do both.
‘I think CCTV is both a crime-prevention measure and a way to capture criminals,’ he told ABC radio this morning.
‘There’s no doubt in my mind that if people know there are cameras there they are less inclined to break the law.’
He added that federal funding was available if the council chose to seek it.