A video showing a group of teens running riot through Albion Park town centre has prompted a renewed push from politicians to install CCTV in the area.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward has joined with Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh to start a petition, saying cameras would make the community feel safer.
The video of the October 19 incident shows a group of youths with face coverings yelling, swearing and running through Centro shopping centre.
When police arrived, about 9.45pm, they found multiple weapons and a chainsaw in nearby bushland. The group of young people were issued with a move on direction.
Three weeks later, police are still looking into the incident, but have not laid any charges.
Cr Marsh said she had been alarmed by the incident, and will put up a notice of motion at the next council meeting to seek support for CCTV funding.
"If you want to come to our community and intimidate and frighten people - we won't stand for it and this is one important measure that we can undertake to crack down on crime," she said.
Mr Ward said he had spoken with local police and the Albion Park Chamber of Commence who supported the push for CCTV in the area, which he said had come off the back of the incident captured on video.
"What I'm hearing more and more is just a lot of concerns from business around vandalism and anti-social behaviour which has sort of come as a crescendo off the back of that particular event," he said.
"So I don't see why we shouldn't take the same approach we have taken in Nowra, in Kiama and in Wollongong. Shellharbour is the only council area that doesn't have CCTV rolled out to crime hots posts, and in fact, has voted against these measures in the past."
A year ago, a majority of councillors voted not to install CCTV in open public spaces across the city, after a report from council staff said it was not needed and could even increase fear of crime.
The report said there were 5309 reported crimes in the Shellharbour LGA in 2017, but only 245 of those were conducted in a public open space - and these were mainly theft from, or of, motor vehicles and malicious damage.
Albion Park was one of the areas considered in the report, due to community concerns over drug dealing, underage drinking and vandalism.
"If the crime statistics do not support the level of concern over public safety, council needs to consider whether other strategies would be more effective," council staff said in the report.
"It is important to remember that for some people, the presence of CCTV can increase their fear of crime as it may signal to them that the location is unsafe."
Councillor Peter Moran said he would be hesitant to support the installation of CCTV in Albion Park, but welcomed Cr Marsh's motion as he was happy to have a council debate on the issue.
"I think that where there is a high crime rate area, I think CCTV has a valuable role to play as a deterrent, however when its in an area of only occasional criminal activity... is there any really need," he said, noting he was not sure this particular incident would be considered criminal.
"Although the video looked scary, it didn't seem like they had malicious intent. If you had people running around with chainsaws and baseball bats and they really wanted to hurt someone, I would say you would probably hear about it on the news."
He said there was a lot to consider, including a number of council policies regarding the collection of information, which would need to be debated at council.