Closed circuit camera push

ENTERTAINMENT venues that trade beyond 1am will be required to install closed circuit television cameras under a new policy which came into effect last week.

As part of the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor’s Security at Licensed Premises Policy, applicants and holders of liquor licences trading beyond 1am will be subject to a minimum standard of security, which includes the installation of surveillance cameras.

A minimum of one camera is required to cover the internal access of each entrance and one camera to cover a 10-metre radius of the external vicinity. Cameras must be clearly identified to patrons and must be installed within three months of notification by the department.

Recorded images must be retained for 14 days and an incident log book is to be maintained daily.

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor assistant director Janine Belling said the decision was taken after consultation with industry players, with agreement the changes were a good move for the industry.

“This is a positive step in assisting police, licensees, and helping the public,” she said.

Ms Belling said the policy was designed to be consultative and flexible with the option for licensees to submit to the director, in writing, reasons to be exempt from the policy.

Ms Belling said the cost of installing the closed circuit television system for WA’s 57 cabaret licence holders would not be prohibitive.

“It does depend on the size of the premises, however a ballpark figure for a relatively inexpensive system is around $1000,” she said.

“Some premises have put in place systems for $600, while others have spent up to $3000.”

Hotels and taverns will need to install the system once they seek a new permit. They need to have that system in place three months after the new licence is issued.

AHA director Bradley Woods said the association was satisfied with the security standards.

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