5 YEARS OF CCTV FOOTAGE
Police say cameras are ‘invaluable’
LITTLE more than $70,000 was poured into a project five years ago - with the results proving invaluable.
On July 31, 2013, big brother made its way to our CBD. For the first time Stanthorpe welcomed 14 CCTV cameras that were positioned between Folkestone and Lock streets.
The issue of a CCTV system for Stanthorpe was first raised more than 15 years ago during community consultation.
The state government – through the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience – committed $28,000 with $2500 from the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce and the remainder from Southern Downs Regional Council.
“I am very convinced it will make a huge difference to the way we operate,” former Stanthorpe Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said.
Fast forward a few years and current Stanthorpe Senior Sergeant Gerard Brady says the CCTV system has been a godsend.
“I know from my own experience in the last 12 months, coming from an area where I was in a similar sized town with no cameras, to one that’s got them, they’re absolutely invaluable from a policing perspective,” Snr-Sgt Brady said.
“Both for intel gathering, also for offences, detecting offences, finalising and solving them – they’re a win-win.
“The last couple weeks we’ve had a spate of wilful damages and instantly, within hours, we’ve identified the offender, which ordinarily we might never find.
“There’s been numerous instances which I could rattle off where crimes have been solved as a direct result. And some I have no doubt wouldn’t have been solved without it.”
The cameras are still technically the property of
❝ From our perspective the more cameras the better really
— Snr-Sgt Gerard Brady
Southern Downs Regional Council, but the police monitor them and have access to footage whenever deemed necessary.
A council spokesman said there was no immediate plan to install any more.
Snr-Sgt Brady said there’s still plenty of regional centres who don’t have cameras and for Stanthorpe to have them this long was ‘pretty awesome’.
“If people know there’s a camera there they’re generally less inclined to commit offences. From our perspective the more cameras the better really.”
CANDID CAMERA: Senior Sergeant Gerard Brady said access to CCTV has been invaluable to local police.