Cr David Pahlke with the Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, in the mindle of the CBD Rosewood
IPSWICH’s Safe City camera network will be further extended to Rosewood before the end of this year. Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said the installation of Safe City cameras would ensure that Rosewood benefitted from the crime reduction benefits of this system. Cr Pahlke said more than 200 cameras had been installed throughout Ipswich since the network was established in 1994. “As far back as 1995 during the amalgamation election, the then Moreton Shire Mayor John Nugent had alluded to cameras for Rosewood,” he said. “These cameras were first installed in Ipswich’s CBD and have been progressively rolled out throughout the city since. “Four Safe City cameras will be installed at various locations between William St and Railway St in Rosewood now that the Energex and footpath works have been completed. “The existing camera in Lenihan Park will also be upgraded.” Cr Pahlke said the local community was looking forwarded to further cameras being installed in Rosewood. “These cameras will support Rosewood businesses and ensure they are able to operate in a safe environment.”

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the Federal Labor Government was committed to reducing crime and fear of crime in communities such as Rosewood, through the Safer Suburbs program. “The Federal Government funding of $250,000 means that the Safe City Program can be extended to Rosewood and Walloon,” Mr Neumann said. “Local problems are best solved with local solutions and that’s why the Federal Labor Government is working with the Ipswich community to make our streets and suburbs safer. “The installation of closed circuit television cameras means local residents can feel safer and more secure in Rosewood. “The Ipswich City Council is to be commended for bringing the community and Queensland Police Together to address crime and anti-social behaviour in Rosewood and throughout the wider Ipswich area through the Safe City program,” Mr Neumann said.

Health and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said Safe City was part of ongoing public safety surveillance program by council to reduce crime across the city. “The emphasis of the Safe City camera network is to reduce crime in Ipswich’s retail and commercial centres.” Cr Antoniolli said the public safety surveillance network was regarded as the best in Australia and helped to reduce crime throughout the city. “From the start the camera network has led to a 78% reduction in crime within coverage areas.” Cr Antoniolli said Safe City had been successful because of a couple of key factors. “The monitoring centre is manned 24 hours a day and Safe City involves partnerships between council, police and the business community.

The Safe City cameras are a mixture of Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) and fixed cameras. The PTZ cameras can rotate 360 degrees and can capture images up to 1km. Some cameras have the capacity to capture images in total darkness. Feedback from city’s magistrates and judges indicate Safe City cameras greatly assist police in investigations and prosecutions and help with sentencing as images show the offender committing the crime. Since their installation the cameras have led to more than 6500 arrests.

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