The City of Logan’s Safety Camera Program (CCTV) is helping Queensland Police Service tackle crime and improve community safety with several new cameras added to the network.
Logan City Council has committed more than $1-million this financial year to install safety cameras in priority locations across the city, which were selected in partnership with QPS.
The funding would see the installation of more than 50 new cameras across 17 suburbs.
Mayor Darren Power said the safety camera program was a collaborative success between the council and QPS to improve community safety.
“The City of Logan has one of the most sophisticated and innovative camera networks in the country,” Cr Power said.
“Council currently monitors more than 900 camera feeds which are strategically placed across the city to provide valuable intelligence to QPS so they can act quickly.
“This latest roll-out will strengthen the effectiveness of the network and deliver real benefits to the community.
“The message here is pretty clear. Do the wrong thing and the police will catch up with you, as they’ll be watching. Do the right thing and you have nothing to worry about.”
Logan City Council division eight councillor Jacob Heremaia said division eight cameras were located at Millwood Park in Heritage Park, the intersection at Chambers Flat and East Beaumont Road, and the roundabout at Magnesium Drive on Browns Plains Road.
Funding for a fourth camera on the Park Ridge Road roundabout at the 7/11 and Banjo’s Bakery Café was collaboratively secured by Councillor Heremaia and Division Nine councillor Councillor Scott Bannon.
“We are getting even more cameras in the future locally,” he said.
Cr Heremaia said Logan was on the right track when it came to crime safety.
“It’s pretty cool to have a camera room like that in Logan … we have 24/7 monitoring in that camera room,” he said.
“On top of that, we actually have a Queensland Police presence in the camera room too.
“That means that when the footage is recorded, we can actually take full advantage of it because we have that good relationship with the Queensland Police.”
Cr Heremaia said the CCTV cameras would help reduce dangerous driving and antisocial behaviour.
“What’s even better is that the community is also really focused on crime prevention,” he said.
“People report hooning to the hooning hotline, they report different crimes to Crimestoppers, and that really helps make our city safer as well.”
Logan City Council Division 7 councillor Tim Frazer said four new CCTV cameras were expected to be installed along Johnson Road in Forestdale and Hillcrest by the end of the financial year.
Cr Frazer said the vehicle monitoring would have license plate recognition software, which would help with finding stolen vehicles.
“I do have plans to put further cameras in the area,” he said.
Mr Frazer had been speaking with neighboring councillors Jacob Heremaia and Division 11 councillor Natalie Wilcox about funding joint projects on bordering division areas.
“Because we’ve got bordering areas, we can go halves on a camera in a certain area if it’s a high priority, which we are working on at the moment,” he said.
The cameras would operate in public spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the past year, the program was used by QPS on 18,653 occasions to successfully identify, track and provide information related to 300 stolen vehicles.
QPS statistics showed unlawful use of motor vehicle offences in the city decreased by more than 28 per cent in the last 12 months, and theft from motor vehicles decreased by 31 per cent.
Acting chief superintendent Mel Adams said access to the cameras had enhanced QPS operations.
“We are detecting offences as they occur and providing real-time information to our responding officers,” superintendent Adams said.
“This partnership with Logan City Council is a practical and proactive activity that contributes to a downward trend in reported property crime in particular and to community safety generally.”
In addition to the new camera installations, Council planned to upgrade and replace 71 safety cameras across the network before Christmas.
The latest cameras were funded by the Local Infrastructure Program, with contributions by: