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SSC Newspaper : June 2013
crime deterrent I think it’s good in CBD areas as a deterrent for crime, but in residential areas it’s pushing privacy a bit. The town square could benefit from CCTV cameras, which might deter some mischief, but the rest of Strathfield is fairly affluent and safe. Celeste Williams 27 safety before privacy I think there should be more CCTV cameras to lower the level of crime. Safety is more important than privacy, and for privacy to exist you must have safety first. Shanthri Rodrigo 74 stop watching us I don’t like to feel if someone is watching me all the time. It’s invading privacy, even if it catches bad behaviour. There shouldn’t be more CCTV cameras. Chris Kwon 33 nothing to hide It depends on where you’re putting them, but I don’t mind having cameras. It would mean more security and it’s not like we’re doing something bad in public. I have nothing to hide. Actually, I don’t mind having cameras anywhere. Beatrice Ping 17 protect the public There should be cameras to prevent crimes. We are safer with them. If they’re in a public area I don’t feel like it’s breaching my privacy. Jenny Kim 28 good deterrent We should have cameras, absolutely. They’ve proven effective in the United Kingdom. They have helped identify criminals and have reduced lots of violent activity and theft. Too many people get away with acts of violence, but cameras will help police track down criminals and be a good deterrent. Philip Barry 44 station watch There should be cameras around stations or anywhere with lots of people, but not residential areas. It will make it safer, especially at night. Megan Adonis 21 no preventative I study criminology, so I’m aware that cameras only help solve crime, but not prevent it. There may be some deterrence, but I don’t like being watched all the time. It’s sort of big brother-esque and a bit creepy. But in saying that, it did help solve the Jill Meagher case. They shouldn’t be put everywhere, just places that are more prone to crime. Cece Brown 18 more accountable I suppose if you don’t have anything to hide then it doesn’t breach your privacy. In cases of theft or violence, cameras have been helpful. I’m not sure if I would feel safer knowing there are cameras all around, but people will be more accountable. Miriam Tanti 37 good for busy spots CCTV cameras are good to some extent. They should have them in busy places like the town square, where the chance of a specific person being watched is very low, so people shouldn’t be concerned about their privacy being breached. Michelle Dawson 18 From left: Michelle Dawson, Beatrice Ping and Mirian Tanti. june 2013 10 Strathfield Scene OpiniOn By Bernadette Chua Last month, I ran The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon. Family, friends, trainers and support groups stood cheering along the course as it led to the finish line. It’s tough on the body, but also on the mind – which is why runners need the support of their communities. Events like this bring people together as never before. On June 23, the fourth annual Cooks River Fun Run will be a big community day for Strathfield. The run, which has a 5km and 10km course, now includes a 2km event for kids – making it an all-inclusive family event. Every year the event grows more popular with individual runners, but also with school groups and groups running for charity. Fun runs don’t only promote healthy living and an active lifestyle – they get the community involved in the area. It is also a great opportunity for charities, as groups who need money for all sorts of great causes get a platform to tell their stories. Lots of runners choose to raise money for research in health and welfare. And this year, Strathfield Council has joined up with Bowel Cancer Australia to donate money to the organisation. From each entry, $5 will be donated to the national cancer group to help with community education, awareness and prevention. Competitive sport is something of an obsession in Australia and fierce rivalry has led to many unpleasant incidents, so it is gratifying that a recent survey showed most Australians take part in running for the community benefits, rather than the urge to win. I raised $2,400 for breast cancer with my run. The Strathfield Scene contributed to that total. So whether you run for fun or to change the world, head for Freshwater Park on Sunday, June 23. Register at www.cooksriverfunrun.com. au or just come along to cheer those crossing the finishing line. contact us Do you think there should be more CCTV cameras in the neighbourhood, or would you prefer more privacy? YoursaY email your letters and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Stratty Soapbox Run for fun and fellowship we don’t mind being watched monk in a bunker buddhist monks from the wong tai sin temple perform a ceremony to celebrate the life of perch fingerlings and baby crickets by releasing them at strathfield golf club. the fish were put into a dam and the crickets were set free in the surrounding undergrowth.
SS July 2013