Topics:  david pahlke, privacy, rosewood, safe city cameras

Rosewood troublemakers cannot hide from Safe City

WATCHFUL EYE: Safe City cameras maintain a scrutinising eye above the central city area making detection of law breakers an easier matter for authorities.
WATCHFUL EYE: Safe City cameras maintain a scrutinising eye above the central city area making detection of law breakers an easier matter for authorities. Sarah Keayes

PEOPLE who engage in crime in Rosewood's main street will be identified and caught now that four Safe City cameras are scheduled for installation in December.

Along with four new cameras in the main street there will also be an upgrade to the camera at the skate bowl in Lenihan Park, while a new Safe City camera will also be installed in Walloon at Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park.

Cr David Pahlke has welcomed the installation of the cameras that he said were made possible by a $250,000 grant by the Federal Government.

Cr Pahlke said the cameras would help "identify culprits and increase the chances of apprehending them".

"I've always wanted them because, why not keep a safe place safe? It is about keeping one step ahead of what is happening," he said.

"It was made possible because at the last Federal election Shayne Neumann got $250,000 towards the project.

"They were first mooted in 1995 by [former Moreton Shire mayor] John Nugent.

"One of the reasons they didn't go in was because we came up very low on the radar compared to other areas of Ipswich that have high vandalism, high graffiti and high incidence [of crime]."

The Safe City cameras are a mixture of Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) and fixed cameras.

The PTZ cameras can rotate 360 degrees and can capture images up to 1km.

Some cameras have the capacity to capture images in total darkness.

More than 200 cameras had been installed throughout Ipswich since 1994.

Cr Andrew Antoniolli said the Safe City network had been a success, leading to more than 6500 arrests.

"From the start the camera network has led to a 78 % reduction in crime within coverage areas," he said.

Mr Neumann said he was delighted to see "local problems solved with local solutions".



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