The City of Logan’s Safety Camera Program is helping Queensland Police Service (QPS) tackle crime and improve community safety with several new cameras added to the network.
Logan City Council has committed more than $1million this financial year to install safety cameras in priority locations across the city, which were selected in partnership with QPS.
The funding will see the installation of more than 50 new cameras across 17 suburbs.
Mayor Darren Power said the safety camera program was a collaborative success with Council and QPS working to improve safety in the community.
“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.”
The program will increase community safety in the city through real-time CCTV camera monitoring and recording. The cameras operate in public spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the past year the program was utilised by QPS on 18,653 occasions.
It successfully identified, tracked, and provided information in relation to 300 stolen vehicles.
QPS statistics also show that unlawful use of a motor vehicle offences in the city decreased by more than 28 per cent in the last 12 months, while 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 will upgrade and replace 71 safety cameras across the network before Christmas. The latest cameras were funded from the Local Infrastructure Program with contributions by Cr Teresa Lane (Division 2), Cr Mindy Russell (Division 3), Cr Laurie Koranski (Division 4), Deputy Mayor Jon Raven (Division 5), Cr Tony Hall (Division 6), Cr Tim Frazer (Division 7), Cr Jacob Heremaia (Division 8), Cr Scott Bannan (Division 9), Cr Miriam Stemp (Division 10), Cr Natalie Willcocks (Division 11) and Cr Karen Murphy (Division 12).