Police from the Parramatta Local Area Command, following a meeting with Geoff Lee
MP, Member for Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd, Lord Mayor, Parramatta City Council and
Superintendent Wayne Cox, Commander, NSW Police Parramatta LAC.
Following community concerns about recent incidents in the Harris Park area, a safety
audit has been agreed upon to reduce the fear of crime and to build community
confidence about safety in the area.
A community meeting will also be held following the outcome of the safety audit to
update residents about planned actions.
Geoff Lee said “It is important to ensure the community is kept up to speed about
future proposals for safety in the area.”
Parramatta City Council has maintained extensive CCTV coverage in Harris Park
since 2011 with 12 permanent and mobile cameras currently operating in strategic
locations. Those cameras are due to be upgraded as part of Stage 2 of the Citysafe
CCTV program, which will commence shortly.
“We will be adding extra cameras to the CBD as well as Harris Park, Westmead and
Granville. There is also a tender out to upgrade Wigram Street, Harris Park with better
lighting and improved sightlines to improve safety,” Cr Lloyd said.
“Harris Park is a vibrant community with so much to offer for residents, workers and
visitors. The recent violence is unacceptable, and we will continue to work closely
with the NSW Police to assist their efforts to ensure the safety of the Harris Park
The installation of “Smart Poles”, encompassing a range of functions including CCTV,
lighting, telecommunications and banners will be also be considered following the
Commander Wayne Cox said “The safety audit is predominantly focused on the
environmental factors that may contribute to crime, such as lighting, foliage removal
and areas of concealment. It’s about making maximum use of the area by the
community to deter and report any criminal behaviour.”
Commander Cox encourages all community members to report any crime to Police
and any information related to any of the crime that has occurred in the Harris Park