Caloundra CCTV System Installed and Operational
Christmas has come early for the Caloundra Police Station with 20 of the 23 state of the art CCTV cameras online and operational thanks to a $140,000 Federal Government grant sourced by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.
Through a collaboration with retailers, property owners, the Caloundra Police Service and Federal member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace the cameras now line the street from the top of Bulcock at the Boardstore Shop to the bottom end at the Seafood Market @ Caloundra.
Linking directly to a monitor at the Caloundra Police station, local law enforcement now have the ability to monitor the Caloundra CBD 24 hours a day and specifically search for suspect vehicles that have passed by any of the four ANPR cameras with ‘state of the art’ licence plate recognition technology.
The Caloundra Police Station will have the ability to remotely access the 23 camera CCTV system, and alerts are automatically sent out to officers regarding blacklisted vehicles and number plates that enter the area so that they are able to respond to potential instances before they occur.
President of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Michael Shadforth said that the Chamber has worked diligently over the past few months with retailers and property owners on the street to ensure that the CCTV system was operational before Christmas.
“It was incredibly important to us at the Caloundra Chamber that the enhanced security that comes with this significant CCTV system was installed in time for the busy Christmas period.”
“We are confident that these extra eyes on the street will be an invaluable asset to the Caloundra Police Station as a tool for increasing the safety of local residents, businesses and tourists alike.”
The Caloundra Police have already undergone their first training session on the state-of-the-art camera technology and will have ongoing support from CCTV specialists and contractors Stanley, AMC and Dahuhua.
Sunshine Coast Superintendent Darryl Johnson says that these devices will provide increased opportunities for Police investigations.
“Any opportunity the Queensland Police get to leverage off emerging technologies in our community we will do so.” Superintendent Darryl Johnson said.
“CCTV provides an increased opportunity to detect the element of our community that commits crimes and undertakes anti-social behaviour.”
The proposed camera locations have been strategically placed by the Caloundra Police Service in partnership with the Caloundra Chamber to inhibit crime at the most at-risk areas.
The CCTV installation has been driven by the Chamber but supported widely by various stakeholders and more particularly Andrew Wallace and Mark McArdle.
When this is delivered the Chamber will be looking for more opportunities to deliver great community outcomes in 2019.
CCTV has been an ongoing community issue in Caloundra since 2007 when Josh Mills was punched and killed at a Caloundra cab rank after which Josh’s mother Sue Mill picked up the fight for increased security in the area.
Since then the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and various other key stakeholders such as State member for Caloundra Mark McArdle have been diligently lobbying for increased safety precautions in the Caloundra area.
The final three cameras will be installed in early January when a celebration has been planned for all relevant stakeholders.