Security cars cop criticism
IPSWICH police say they are concerned about a security company using vehicles displaying markings similar to police cars.
Members of the Ipswich public have also contacted the police with pictures of the cars with doubts about their legality.
The vehicles operated by Ipswich-based security business Rent-A-Cop feature similar markings to Queensland Police Service cars, including a blue and white checked stripe running diagonally over the rear door.
An Ipswich police officer, who asked not to be named, told The Queensland Times he was concerned the markings on the vehicles could confuse people.
"People see that stripe and they straight away think 'police'," he said.
"If these cars are speeding or breaking the road rules people are going to blame the police.
"Marking cars just with a checked stripe, that'd be a bit cheeky, bit I think people could tell the difference. These cars have very similar markings to police cars, 'Security' written where 'Police' is written and a shield on the car's door."
The officer told the QT he was concerned Rent-A-Cop was trading on the trust the police had built up with the Ipswich community.
However, Rent-A-Cop general manager Clinton Stephen said the markings had been chosen as a "visual deterrent".
"The reason why we decaled the cars the way they are is to create a presence," Mr Stephen said.
"It draws attention to the cars and decreases criminal activity in the area.
"It's a visual deterrent."
Mr Stephen said the company had not had any concerns regarding their markings from the police.
Ipswich police inspector Dave Preston said the issue had been previously raised with the police by concerned members of the public; however, the company was doing nothing illegal.
"We've had photos sent to us by concerned members of the public, but they're not actually doing anything illegal, until they actually claim to be police and not security they've done nothing wrong," he said.
"We've spoken to these guys and we've got no ongoing concerns with them."
Despite the markings the cars were clearly marked as security and not police, he said.