The City of Rockingham’s community safety patrol service SmartWatch was busy patrolling local roads throughout the July school holidays.
The vehicle surveillance team are the eyes on the street and proactively conduct high visibility vehicle patrols of the district.
The service is available to the Rockingham Community from 12pm to 4am daily 365 days per year.
The City’s SmartWatch service sees up to six patrol cars on the road at any given time, with a strong focus on visibility and targeted deterrence actions that play a vital role in keeping the community safe.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said residents could contact SmartWatch to report and monitor instances of anti-social behaviour, hooning, neighbourhood disturbances, vandalism, graffiti and suspicious behaviour and activity.
“Rockingham SmartWatch is a vital service when it comes to keeping our City safe,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Each SmartWatch vehicle is equipped with four high definition CCTV cameras that have a 360- degree view of the area surrounding the vehicle.
“The cameras are constantly recording and WA Police can access any of the recorded footage remotely.
“In what is an exciting first for any Local Government in WA, police have the capability to livestream footage from SmartWatch vehicles directly to the Rockingham Police Station.
“This collaborative approach with WA Police has been instrumental in the prosecution of offenders, and increased local knowledge.”
In addition to regular patrol patterns, SmartWatch takes community patrol requests from residents who may be concerned about specific areas, as well as holiday watch patrols for residents who will be away from home due to travel or work.
SmartWatch monitors illegal dumping, passing on vital information to City rangers and LitterBusters for further investigation.
During the summer months, SmartWatch vehicles perform regular patrols of bushfire hotspots, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activities such as smoke, fire or suspicious behaviour.
For more information on SmartWatch visit www.rockingham.wa.gov.au or contact 9528 0333.
Note: SmartWatch is NOT a police service. It is a vehicle based patrol service but does not intervene. Residents reporting a life-threatening or emergency situation need to contact 000. Anyone observing a crime in progress that requires police attendance is also required to call 131444 before contacting SmartWatch.