A CCTV system now monitors Horsham’s Wilson Street taxi rank, but Horsham Taxi Service still wants a security guard to improve safety.

Horsham Rural City Council operates the security camera.

There is uncertainty about who would pay for a security guard.

The taxi rank became permanent after the State Government gave $13,000 to council in February for the installation of a weather shelter, CCTV cameras, better lighting, seating and improved signs.

Customers at the rank must still book a taxi.

Taxi service co-owner Leanne Hood said the taxi rank was going ‘okay’.

“The rank needs a security guard to work efficiently and safely,” she said.

“A guard from about midnight to 4am or 5am on Saturday nights would be good.

“If there is a huge number of people there, it becomes very difficult to identify who has called for the taxi.

“The taxi might pick up the incorrect person.

“So there is still confusion at the rank.

“If there was a security guard they would have people lined up.”

Mrs Hood said a security guard would prevent people from walking into the path of taxis trying to access the rank.

“The rank is being used and we are still really busy,” she said.

“We still pick up a lot of people whether they are at the rank or not.”

Horsham Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Ellis said the working CCTV system was a boost for security in the Horsham night-life precinct.

“We love it,” he said.

“We think there will be a significant increase in security.

“A safer community will benefit everybody. We also look forward to the proposed installation of CCTV cameras in the Horsham central business district.”

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