Efforts to make the Collie town centre a safer place are continuing, after the Collie Shire Council received $280,350 to install an extra 37 CCTV cameras in town. The cameras will be installed in an effort to address crime and anti-social behaviour. $35 million was made available in total for similar projects across the country as part of the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund. Collie has witnessed a spate of home invasions and burglaries in recent months, particularly targeting elderly people, including an infamous “door knocker”, who would ask for a glass of water to gain entry. Collie shire president Sarah Stanley said the increased CCTV presence would send a strong message to would-be criminals. “This will help our community feel safer in their homes, particularly those who are most vulnerable,” she said. “We encourage community members to continue to be vigilant, to secure their possessions and continue to report suspicious behaviour to police.” The next stage of the project will be a collaboration between the council and the Collie police, identifying the most appropriate locations within the central business district for the cameras to be installed. This is the second consecutive year Collie has received funding as part of the fund.