Smile, you’re on CCTV now

IF YOU feel like you are being watched next time you're in Maclean, look up; you might be right.

On-edge after being targeted by thieves in recent months, Maclean business owners are looking to combat the thefts by installing their own CCTV systems.

Ten businesses on the main street have so far responded to a Maclean Chamber of Commerce expression of interest to strategically plan a private CBD installation, ahead of a follow-up discussion at their next meeting on Monday.

The call for expressions of interest came after a business representative group met with a local crime prevention officer to discuss the best way to deal with the recurring robberies.

The crime prevention officer advised them a CCTV installation would be more effective if placed in private premises rather than the main street.

"We're facilitating the possibility of getting people to work together, it's a common sense approach," president John Riggall said.

"The advantage of working together is it will be cheaper and more effective... (and) cameras in close proximity will be placed to have the widest coverage.

"We've got to work together as a community to protect ourselves from people operating outside the law."

Items stolen from local businesses in the past two months include cash, charity money tins, knives and torches, and Mr Riggall said the idea of working late at night made people in the area extremely nervous.

"If someone's working late at night and hears a noise, there is immediate question raised in their mind and that is not acceptable," he said.

"It's more than a damn nuisance, it's expensive to repair and puts business people in that area on edge."

Businesses interested in getting involved can email the Maclean Chamber of Commerce at president@macleanvillage

If you wish to report a non-life threatening crime, phone the Police Assistance line on 13 14 44.