Major boost to city’s camera network with safety No 1 priority

22 February 2016

Mayor Tom Tate today revealed that 16 new CCTV cameras would be rolled out across the city in the next six months as part of Council’s ‘safer suburbs’ drive.

“These cameras work. They help make law abiding residents and visitors feel safer and they send a strong message to anyone wanting to break the law: you’re being watched,’’ he said.

“Last year alone, the City received more than 700 requests from law enforcement agencies to provide camera footage captured by our world-class Gold Coast safety camera network.’’

The network has 220 cameras in Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach and Coolangatta, monitored 24 hours a day by licensed security personnel.

Cr Tate said there were more than 5000 “incidents of note” detected using the camera network in 2014-15, including assaults, drunk and disorderly conduct, vandalism, offensive behaviour, theft, lost children and traffic incidents.

“This is proof our safety camera network is working to protect public safety, as well as helping to prevent, detect and prosecute crime,” said Cr Tate.

“This financial year, we’ve allocated $1.85 million to our safety camera network - money well spent to keep our suburbs safe.”

All cameras are monitored from a control room which has direct real-time communication with police and private security providers via two way radio, direct dial telephone and mobile phone.

Live video feeds are streamed to Surfers Paradise Police Station, Ferny Ave Police HQ, Logan Regional Police Communications Centre, Coolangatta Police Station, Australia Fair Police Beat and the Southport Police Station.

During major events such as Schoolies, the GC600, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day, the City's monitoring staff are co-located within the Police Command Centre.

The largest number of cameras is deployed in places where alcohol-related violence has been identified. The City also has mobile CCTV cameras deployed to target vandalism, hooning, illegal dumping and graffiti.

An additional six cameras will be rolled out in the city’s entertainment precincts in the next six months, as well as 10 cameras in five of the City’s skate parks.

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