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$490K Federal Grant Will Make Adelaide Safer

By Brett Pilgrim

The Adelaide City Council is set to roll out new safety initiatives thanks to a $490,000 grant it received from the federal government earlier this year.

The ramped up security may come as good news for residents and potential investors of real estate in Adelaide, considering the recent redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, which is expected to draw between 30,000 and 50,000 people to the CBD each week once it’s complete in March 2014.

The safety initiatives are largely aimed at crime control in anticipation of this increased traffic to the area. A significant amount of the grant will go toward reinforcing the effectiveness of the Council’s already existing closed-circuit television (CCTV) security camera systems. There are plans to install five new cameras along King William Street.

In addition, the Council will add software that can identify crime risks by monitoring crowd behaviours. This allows police to be better informed, and thus more proactive.

Thanks to these updates, residents of Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs can enjoy a safer area for sporting activities and venture into the CBD on busy nights knowing extra measures for crime prevention are in place.

North Adelaide-based Councillor Anne Moran expressed her gratitude for the financial support from the federal government for these measures.

“I’m pleased that we’re planning ahead and initiating safety improvements like this around what is now a majorly enhanced piece of sporting infrastructure right next to a small but already busy city suburb,” Ms Moran said.

The redevelopment of the Oval – and the increased security measures – makes property in Adelaide an attractive option for first home buyers and seasoned investors alike.

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