Closed Circuit
Television (CCTV) in
St Albans
Frequently Asked Questions
Brimbank City Council in partnership with Victoria
Police and the St Albans Business Association, with
funding support from the Department of Justice
and Regulation, is installing Closed Circuit Television
Cameras (CCTV) in the St Albans Town Centre.
Installation is scheduled for mid-May 2018. The CCTV
will be operating by the end of May 2018.
How have the locations for CCTV in the
Town Centre been chosen?
CCTV camera locations have been selected in
consultation with Victoria Police.
Why is Council installing CCTV in the
Town Centre?
The CCTV will assist in improving perceptions of
safety. The police will also use CCTV to help them
carry out relevant investigations if a crime is
What other initiatives are occurring in the
St Albans Town Centre to complement the
CCTV initiative and help create a safe and
inviting space?
A number of initiatives have just been completed
or are currently underway that will also assist in
improving perceptions of safety, including:
• A lighting audit to inform future lighting
improvements and activation
• Lighting improvement in selected locations
• Graffiti removal program and installing art murals in
some locations
• Daily maintenance and cleansing in some areas
• Activation through community events and
• The St Albans level crossing removal project
(completed June 2017)
• Shopfront Improvement Program

Will the CCTV be monitored?
The CCTV video surveillance will be relayed to the
Keilor Downs Police Station, which will assist Victoria
Police in responding to local incidences, along with
supporting investigations and collecting evidence.
What happens to the video surveillance
Images from the CCTV system will be secured at the
Keilor Downs Police Station. These may be accessed
by members of Victoria Police, in accordance with
CCTV policies and the law. Images will be kept for
31 days only, or retained for investigation purposes.
Will the effectiveness of the CCTV be
Yes, the CCTV system will be evaluated two
years after its implementation. Evaluation of the
CCTV system will inform future decisions about
implementation of CCTV, including any decision to
expand the network.
Can the cameras be moved?
Yes, the cameras are detachable and can be
moved. Victoria Police and Council will monitor the
effectiveness of the cameras. Any decision to relocate
the cameras will involve community engagement.
How will the community know when the CCTV
system is operating?
Signage will be installed to advise the public that
they are entering an area covered by CCTV. Council
will advise the community when the system is
operational via the local paper, on Council’s website
and social media pages and by providing information
at community engagement activities.
Will there be a loss of privacy for people using
the areas covered by CCTV?
Members of the public will still have a reasonable
level of privacy within the area covered by the CCTV.
Footage will only be viewed for legitimate law and
order purposes.
Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
seeks to provide individuals with some control
over their personal information and to balance the
public interest in the free flow of information while
protecting the privacy of personal information.
Are there rules to govern the operation of a
CCTV network?
Council and Victoria Police have a Memorandum of
Understanding on how the cameras will be used
and operated. Victoria Police will abide by the
Memorandum of Understanding and operate the
system in accordance with Victoria Police Policy
and Procedures.
Personal safety
CCTV is one way to improve personal and community
safety. Everyone has a responsibility to make good
decisions about personal safety.
Key safety tips include:
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
• At night, stay in well-lit areas, preferably where
there are people
• If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, go to a
busy or bright place like a shop. Be aware of your
surroundings and the people around you
You can report a crime or suspicious activities
anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000
(toll free). This can include hoon
driving, drug use and public drinking.
Contact Emergency Triple Zero
if you need to
report an incident that requires an immediate police
When reporting incidents try to give as many
details as possible including the time and date of
the incident, descriptions of offenders, and car
registration details.
For further information about the St Albans CCTV
initiative, please visit Council’s website on
9249 4000
056 - 0218
This project is funded by the Victorian Government's Community
Crime Prevention Program.