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New strategy to cut crime in CBD is already yielding results

IN SAFE HANDS: Queensland Police and Ipswich City Council are working together to reduce crime in Ipswich Central. Pictured (from left) are Gary Ellacott and Larry Waite from Ipswich City Council and Sergeant Leon Margetts and Acting Inspector Laurie Shevlin.
IN SAFE HANDS: Queensland Police and Ipswich City Council are working together to reduce crime in Ipswich Central. Pictured (from left) are Gary Ellacott and Larry Waite from Ipswich City Council and Sergeant Leon Margetts and Acting Inspector Laurie Shevlin. David Nielsen

LAWBREAKERS will want to rethink committing offences around the Ipswich City Mall.

Police and security presence in the area has been stepped up in a bid to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

The increase in security is part of a new public safety strategy that was rolled out yesterday.

As part of the initiative, police have been ordered to take a zero tolerance approach to offenders.

Superintendent Mark Kelly said the plan was to improve the overall ambiance and safety in the area.

"There are people who are coming to the mall and making others feel uncomfortable," he said.

"It might be because they are breaching local laws or committing offences such as public nuisance.

"With this zero tolerance policy now in effect, if you're found breaking the law, you're going to be apprehended."

To make the strategy work, Ipswich City Council and Queensland Police have combined resources.

The initiative involves police officers using iPads to view live footage from council's Safe City camera network.

"Seeing an offence is better than hearing about it on the radio," Cr Antoniolli said.

"The radio will still tell police what's going on, but they will also be relayed images of the incident.

"As a result, as soon as police arrive on the scene, they will already know who they need to talk to."

The new strategy already seems to be working with police arresting a person within hours of it being rolled out.

Police at the mall found a 16-year-old in possession of "housebreaking implements" and stolen keys and bank cards about 11.30am yesterday.

It was later revealed that the teen was wanted in relation to a number of stealing offences.

The new strategy will remain in place well into 2015 with possible plans for expansion.

Topics:  ipswich city council, ipswich mall



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