Mobile CCTV network cracks down on crime

31 July 2015

The City’s mobile CCTV trial has proved effective in addressing numerous crime and community safety issues, and to date the cameras have been deployed 110 times.

Mayor Tom Tate said the successful two-year trial will now continue as an ongoing program, with budget funding of $176,500 allocated for 2015-16. 

“The mobile CCTV network has been highly effective in responding to periodic crime and community safety issues,” Cr Tate said. 

“As a direct result of our CCTV evidence, police have made at least seven arrests relating to graffiti, alcohol, vandalism and hooning; 21 City fines have been issued for rubbish dumping; a number of vehicles have been impounded by police as part of joint operations; and footage has been used as evidence in several incidents which resulted in police fines. The cameras have also proven to deter antisocial behaviour including a reduction in vandalism at skate parks,” he said.

The City commenced the trial of mobile CCTV cameras in July 2013 to assess their effectiveness in responding to crime and community safety complaints in areas that are not currently covered by the fixed safety camera network.

The City has 215 fixed safety cameras in the key entertainment precincts of Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta. 

“Requests for cameras are often received outside of these areas to address community concerns, however many of these issues are sporadic and therefore don’t justify long-term investment in fixed cameras. The mobile CCTV cameras are a flexible way of expanding our network without the costs of permanent infrastructure,” Mayor Tate said.

City officers work closely with police to determine suitable locations for the fixed and mobile cameras.

“Our mobile CCTVs have proven effective in addressing community concerns. Without the cameras these crimes and incidents may have gone undetected, which in many cases would have led to individual, community and social costs,” he said.