Sergeant Sean Lear can see everything in the city centre and zoom in on any suspicious activity from the control room at Rockhampton Police Station.
Sergeant Sean Lear can see everything in the city centre and zoom in on any suspicious activity from the control room at Rockhampton Police Station. Sharyn O'Neill

Cameras uncover city centre

THEY’RE switched on, they’re being monitored and if you so much as think about stepping out of line in Rockhampton’s CBD, they’ll catch you in the act.

With 58 sophisticated CCTV cameras constantly sweeping the streets and alleys, Mel Adams says the city’s police have never been better equipped to stop those intent on damage, disorder or theft.

“Even if you slip down an alley to relieve yourself after a night out, we’ll be watching,” said Senior Sergeant Adams as she showed off the screens inside Rockhampton Police Station where officers get a bird’s eye view of the city’s principal shopping and entertainment precinct.

With an additional 36 cameras going live, both police and council employees can maintain watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“This technology is so good because it gives us great clarity.

"We can track criminals or suspects as they cross town and we can zoom in close detail,” she said.

With a mix of fixed and rotating cameras which show live images and record action that can be used in court, police are confident the $1.8 million system will help to stamp out crime, vandalism and drunken brawls.

The city centre’s taxi ranks, often the flashpoint for violence when the clubs turn out, will be in sharp focus.

“It’s an extra layer of protection for people in the city.

“People can’t get away with anything under the cover of darkness because night capability is excellent.

"There really is no hiding place,” she said.

Big Brother

  • Cameras now cover the CBD, Victoria Park and Queens Park
  • Images are monitored by police and council staff for constant surveillance
  • Stills quality can help identify suspects
  • A mobile camera can also be deployed anywhere
  • There are plans to extend the system to Yeppoon


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