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$300,000 towards crime prevention in Fairfield

August 09, 2013

Chris Hayes, Federal Member for Fowler, today announced the Fairfield City Council had received $300,000 of Federal funding under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) enables money from assets of crime confiscated under Commonwealth law to be returned to the community.

"We are taking money from criminals and putting it back into the community to prevent crime before it occurs and make it easier for police to respond to criminal activity", Mr Hayes said.

Fairfield Council will use the funding to expand the current Closed-circuit Television system in Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights and bring back live monitoring of the CCTV cameras.

"CCTV cameras deter crime. They allow for timely detection and response from the police and increase community confidence and safety. The extra cameras being rolled out will help to keep our community safe.

"Live monitoring of CCTV cameras would ensure Cabramatta and Canley Vale town centres and our local community at large, are better protected against crime", Mr Hayes added.

Fairfield will also benefit from more than $1.6million in funding to Police Citizens Youth Clubs across NSW for youth mentoring and outreach programs aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour and potential criminal activity," Chris Hayes said.

The Federal Government Proceeds of Crime initiative is expected to bring in at least $30 million over the next three years which will be used to further deter and combat crime.