THE Gold Coast is now the home of one of the largest monitored public safety camera systems in Australia, with an extra nine switched on by Mayor Tom Tate on Thursday.
Four cameras were turned on in Southport, three in Coolangatta and two in Surfers Paradise, adding to the City’s network total of 190 cameras.
Mayor Tate said the aim of the City’s safety camera network was to crack down on crime and build safer suburbs.
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“As the busy holiday season approaches, I want residents and visitors to feel safe as they go about the city enjoying all the Christmas and New Year festivities on offer,” Cr Tate said.
“Safety cameras, with their ability to record anti-social behaviour and crime, are a strong public safety tool.
The cameras are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with live video links provided to local police.
“These cameras support the work of our fantastic police officers and give them the extra eyes they wouldn’t otherwise have,” he said.
All four new cameras in Southport will be in Chinatown and have attracted a 33 per cent subsidy from the State Government.
“Chinatown will become a vibrant restaurant and events destination for residents and visitors, so we welcome new safety cameras to the precinct,” Cr Tate said.
This week, the Community and Cultural Development Committee supported the extension of the City’s mobile safety camera trial until 30 June 2015.
Council will formally vote on the extension of the trial at its meeting on 2 December 2014.