A state-of the art CCTV system comprising of 23 imaging devices is now operational in Caloundra after more-than a decade long campaign for increased safety in the CBD area.
The fight for CCTV ignited in 2007 after the bashing death of lifesaver Josh Mills at a taxi rank in Caloundra’s CBD, signalling the need for enhanced security measures.
The now completed CCTV system is the product of a $140,000 Federal Government grant under its’ Safer Communities Fund which was awarded to the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce in May 2017.
In celebration, the Caloundra Chamber were joined by Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, State Member for Caloundra, Mark McArdle, local police, property owners and CCTV contractors in an event marking the significant milestone.
During the event all 23 imaging devices were displayed through a live feed which showcased the scope of the camera system and the advanced capability of the ANPR number plate recognition technology.
President of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Michael Shadforth says that the Chamber are proud to have secured this fantastic community outcome for Caloundra with the ongoing support of Andrew Wallace and Mark McArdle.
“We are thrilled to see these incredibly high-tech CCTV cameras lining Bulcock Street which add another layer of protection and security to the surrounding businesses in our community.” Michael said.
“We would like to thank Andrew Wallace for his ongoing support of this project, Mark McArdle for his persistent voice for increased security and the Caloundra Police for their ongoing assistance.”
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace congratulated the Caloundra Chamber on their persistence and creativity in completing this CCTV project despite many obstacles.
“The Coalition Government is committed to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour across every community in Australia, including here on the Sunshine Coast. People going about their business in Caloundra can feel safer today because of the Chamber’s hard work, and the Coalition Government’s targeted support.” Mr Wallace said.
“With this project the Chamber have proved yet again that when it comes to delivering on the infrastructure we need, it is the private sector, in partnership with the right Government investment, which gets the best results.”
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.
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.
These camera units now line the street from the top of Bulcock at the Boardstore Shop to the bottom end at the Seafood Market @ Caloundra and through to the Baldwin Street, Bowman Road intersection at Cash Converters.
The Caloundra Police have already undergone multiple training sessions and will have ongoing support from CCTV specialists and contractors Stanley, AMC and Dahuhua.
Sunshine Coast Superintendent Darryl Johnson said in December last year 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.”
Caloundra police will continue to have the ongoing support from the security organisations who will be able to troubleshoot eras and resolve problems when and if they occur quickly so that the system is constantly operational.
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.
When this is delivered the Chamber will be looking for more opportunities to deliver great community outcomes in 2019.