SEVEN CCTV cameras are being installed in Maylands in a bid to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
Three cameras will be installed on Eighth Avenue and four on Guildford Road.
In 2012, then-mayor Terry Kenyon held a crime crisis summit with WA police, residents and traders.
Traders are mixed when asked if things have improved.
Oscar Kebab and Turkish bakery owner Shaida Habiby says she still keeps her tables and chairs inside.
“We used to have them outside, but then someone picked up a chair and smashed a display cabinet with it,” she says.
“We still get people swearing and shouting and intimidating our customers.
“I wouldn’t say that things have improved over the last few years, but I welcome the CCTV cameras.”
In 2013, Home Spirit owner Mohammad Khan reported up to 20 people were drinking outside his shop most days.
“It comes and goes, but I would say in general that the situation has improved,” he says.
“In addition to CCTV, I would like to see more police patrols in the area.”
Mayor Sylvan Albert says he’s been lobbying for the cameras for years and is happy to see them finally go in.
“I think the cameras will help the police prosecute more people who are engaging in anti-social behaviour,” he says.
The project is funded by the federal government’s “Safer Streets” program.
The cameras are expected to be installed by the end of the month.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK
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