SECURITY cameras in the homes of domestic violence victims could prevent crime, according to the advisor of Bendigo police’s family violence unit.
But Sergeant Margaret Singe said it may also be a step too late.
The state government are set to receive a proposal from non-profit group Safe Futures Foundation to roll out CCTV cameras in homes where police expect to catch repeat violent offenders.
Sergeant Singe said the plan should be considered.
“It may be a deterrent to some people,” she said.
“But if the situation is that bad that we need to install cameras, it might not be safe for the victim to be in that home.”
Sergeant Singe said the program would have major benefits in prosecution cases where they could use security footage. She said any measure to help curb the rate of family violence should be reviewed.
Bendigo Police received nearly five reports a day of domestic violence between 2012 and 2013.
The 1,537 reported incidents were up 500 on the previous year, and more than twice as many as the 753 reports between July 2010 and June 2011.
Sergeant Singe said Bendigo's family violence unit has encouraged victims to feel safer in reporting violence. She said while overall reports were up, the number of repeat offenders has fallen.
The head of Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre Peter Noble said the security camera plan would be a significant step to help reduce crimes.
Mr Noble said it should be considered by the state government as a way to tackle the “major issue” of family violence.
"The technology has a lot of benefits," he said.
"One is the factor of being a deterrent and the other is the benefit in being able to prosecute more quickly and efficiently with security vision."
A spokeswoman for community services Minister Mary Wooldridge said the government have yet to receive a proposal but would look at any submission.