An attempt to divert some of the CCTV cameras proposed for Kiama's CBD to other areas of the municipality failed at this week's Kiama council meeting.
The council wants to spend $130,000 on a network of between 10 and 13 cameras in Kiama's CBD as part of its crime prevention plan.
However, with a number of armed robberies taking place in Kiama Downs and Gerringong over the past 12 months on top of incidents in Jamberoo - including a fire that destroyed Fredericks IGA - Kiama councillor Mark Way sought to have the cameras more evenly distributed across the municipality.
Council staff said crime statistics showed Kiama's CBD had the greatest need for the cameras.
Plans to expand the network to other areas would be discussed in two years' time following a review of the cameras in Kiama's CBD.
But Cr Way said in recent times it appeared it was the municipality's suburbs where most of the major crimes were occurring, compared to "in town" where many offences were minor.
Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said plans for the CBD cameras were in motion and he was concerned any change in strategy could lead to delays.
"The idea is to set up in the CBD first and expand later and I think that is the way to go," he said.
Cr Kathy Rice said it was her understanding all the cameras proposed for the Kiama CBD were needed as they were part of a network that linked the cameras together for specific reasons.
Cr Gavin McClure, while opposing Cr Way's motion, agreed the two-year timeframe seemed unreasonable and successfully moved that the issue of CCTV cameras for other areas of the municipality be addressed as soon as practicable when funding opportunities arose.