New $1.6million CCTV network
CRIME will fall and we’ll all feel safer when Rockhampton’s new $1.6 million CCTV network is switched on in March, says Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling.
Work will start soon on installing an additional 35 cameras at key locations in the CBD and at potential crime hot spots to dramatically boost the cover provided by an existing nine cameras.
The project, jointly funded by the State Government and regional council, has been two years in the planning and Cr Swadling says she’s counting the days to when the system finally goes live.
“We have worked very closely with police to ensure the cameras will cover the right locations,” she said.
“It’s a sophisticated system that will allow 24-hour monitoring of the city centre and places like Victoria Park where there has been a problem with vandalism.
“Police will be able to see everything that goes on and if people are doing the wrong thing, they will get caught.”
She said cameras not only enabled police to keep a close eye on a vast area but would also provide excellent evidence to help criminal prosecutions in the courts.
“The police will be able to respond very quickly to a situation that is picked up by the cameras. This will be great for protecting people and the city’s assets,” she said.
Once the system is operating, the council will stop using private security patrols in the CBD although Cr Swadling would personally like to use the two systems in tandem.
“That will eventually be up for councillors to decide but I personally believe the safety of people is the greatest priority we have.”
The new system involves an extensive fibre optic network in the CBD linked to parks on both banks of the Fitzroy.
The system will be controlled and monitored from inside the Kodak rotunda in Quay Street and there will be a second monitoring station at the police station in Bolsover Street.
Cameras will be located at various points in Quay and William Streets, various points in East Street, and in Denham as well as at high points giving extensive coverage of riverside parks.
The cameras are pan, tilt and zoom units that will allow monitors to get close-up images of people involved in criminal activity.