FAIRFIELD Superintendent Peter Lennon fully supports the installation of security video cameras in Fairfield CBD.
"We strongly support an initiative to make our area safer and be proactive in monitoring potential trouble spots," he said.
"The cameras will be installed in public spaces and by law, this is not prohibited.
"Provided that the legal safeguards are met by council and police, I cannot see any foreseeable breach of privacy law."
He said security cameras would be a great crime-reduction strategy.
"Cameras provide many opportunities for local police to reduce crime and increase public safety," he said.
"There is the obvious visual deterrent to would-be criminals.
"Also, the new council video cameras will complement the other systems in the area, giving us greater access to footage which may help us to monitor trouble spots or solve a crime; or at the minimum, give us a clue about a line of inquiry to follow."
But he said it was just one form of crime prevention.
"Security video alone is not the solution, as it is an ingredient in a much larger recipe," he said.
"We always encourage information coming from the public — you can just drop in and have a private conversation about things are that going on and worry you."