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PRESENCE: Police staffing levels in the mall are at an all-time high.
PRESENCE: Police staffing levels in the mall are at an all-time high. Rob Williams

FRUITFUL partnerships between the Ipswich Police District and local councils as well as an increase in police numbers have led to a significant reduction in property offences, robberies and assaults.

Ipswich City Council now has a Safe City camera network of 249 cameras while Somerset Regional Council has cameras at Toogoolawah and Lowood.

Inspector Keith McDonald said the district had also benefited from an increase of 30 police officers from July last year.

That takes the police numbers in Ipswich Police District to 412 officers, not including the extra 66 in the central functioned units.

"The increased police presence is quite phenomenal for everyone to see," Insp McDonald said.

"Particularly when we work and you turn up to a job and get five or six police cars turn up, not the two or three that you used to.

"We have more resources out there and we are providing a greater service to the community within the Ipswich Police District.

"We have also seen an increase in the quality of CCTV at a lot of businesses, so they have been able to give us a lot of footage.

"There were some issues in the CBD which included the alleged incidents of racial violence.

"So there is a team of 10 uniformed officers that are patrolling the CBD in addition to the officers over at Riverlink Shopping Centre.

"Our DCPC (District Crime Prevention Co-ordinator) team also goes around to businesses that are subject to armed robberies and provides security advice to them."



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