Railway TV to zoom in on crime

IF the bloke who just asked you for a cigarette at the train station looks familiar for some reason, it may be because you’ve just seen his king-sized mug on an LCD television screen.

Police and Queensland Rail yesterday launched a joint initiative which will result in up-to-date crime bulletins being shown on passenger information display systems (PIDS) at Ipswich train station and others across Brisbane.

The “appeal for assistance” bulletins will feature information on unsolved crimes, including images of wanted people or vehicles of interest.

Initially focussing on crimes committed at train stations across the South-East Queensland rail network, the messages will not feature sound, but will provide the Crime Stoppers phone number for anyone with information that could assist investigations.

Queensland Rail Security and Community Engagement general manager Drew Brock said the LCD monitors used to display the crime information were the same as those that displayed timetable and passenger information.

“PIDS are currently installed at 12 major transport hubs, including Roma Street, Central and Fortitude Valley stations and are being progressively rolled out across the entire network,” Mr Brock said.

Queensland Police Railway Squad Senior Sergeant Steve Vick said the project would potentially appeal to an audience of 170,000 passengers per day across five policing regions.

“The bulletins can be displayed across all PIDS or targeted at individual railway lines depending on the investigative need,” he said.

“They are designed to appeal for information from the network users if they recognise the person displayed and shows the Crime Stoppers number urging anyone with information to pass this on to the appropriate authority for follow up.”

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