Big brother will be watching through CCTV across the region

POLICE will be able to log in and see what is happening though more than 30 security cameras being rolled out in the Fraser Coast region.

Fraser Coast councillor Stuart Taylor has championed the project, allocating $100,000 to improve the functionality and accessibility of the CCTV footage to enable police real-time access.

"This is an innovative and cost effective solution to improving community safety," he said.

"At present we have to get the footage from the camera, download it and then give it to the police to review, which can delay the investigation and apprehending offenders.

"Under the new system, police will be able to log in and see what is happening though any of the cameras across the network area as it is happening.

"While the system will allow police to view real-time and pre-recorded footage, it is not monitored on a continual basis.

"The cameras are another tool to assist police in responding to criminal behaviour and provide evidence in the prosecution of offenders."

Cameras will be installed in Scarness parks, the Seafront Oval, Pialba CBD, Boat Harbour Dr near McDonald's and Queens Park in Maryborough.

"Research shows that if people know that there is CCTV surveillance in an area, then they are less likely to commit crime," Cr Taylor said.

Footage from the existing CCTV cameras has assisted police in prosecuting offenders.

"While cameras have been successful and provide a sense of safety, they are only one strand of a multi-faceted approach to policing," he said.

The project is a partnership between the council and the State Government which provided $80,000 towards the $200,000 project to install CCTV cameras.

Security specialist Darren Czerwonka and Fraser Coast councillor Sturt Taylor check on CCTV at the All Abilities Playground in Hervey Bay.
Security specialist Darren Czerwonka and Fraser Coast councillor Sturt Taylor check on CCTV at the All Abilities Playground in Hervey Bay. Contributed


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