Community CCTV trial launched on Gold Coast

A trial of a Community Camera alliance is being expanded to include the Gold Coast with two suburbs chosen to take part.

Residents and business owners in Varsity Lakes and Yatala are being invited to register their CCTV systems with Police.

That will allow officers to easily track down private security footage in the event of a crime occurring in the area.


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The initiative is already in place across 15 districts in Queensland.

“Locating security cameras can be a time-consuming and resource-intensive task. Knowing the location of established CCTV systems within the community will maximise the efficiency of police resources and reduce investigation times, resulting in swifter outcomes”, Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said.

“This is another pathway for the public to be actively involved in protecting their own neighbourhoods. I encourage every Varsity Lakes and Yatala resident or business owner who has a CCTV system to log on and register it with the QPS to help us solve crime.”

Police insist the program is voluntary and residents and businesses can be removed from the database at any time.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll says security footage from residents and businesses has helped solve a number of high-profile cases.

“Private CCTV footage has been an extremely valuable tool for investigators and has led to thousands of break-throughs in criminal cases across the Gold Coast,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We are always looking to obtain as much evidence and information as possible to assist with our investigations and the new CCA will make it even easier for our officers to track down what could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

Varsity Lakes and Yatala residents who wish to join the Gold Coast CCA program can register online here