Nowhere to hide from hi-tech

Published 3:42pm 15 March 2021

Nowhere to hide from hi-tech
Words by Nick Crockford

Cameras that can read licence plate numbers and alert police in real time about the location of stolen vehicles have been so successful, the program will be expanded around Moreton Bay Region.

In the next two months, cameras will be positioned at Clontarf, North Lakes, Margate, Wamuran and Woodford.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the crackdown on criminals has been an overwhelming success in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

“I’m embarrassed our region has one of the highest levels of vehicle theft in South-East Queensland and it’s something I want to end for our law-abiding citizens,” says Mayor Flannery.

Nowhere to hide from hi-tech
Mayor Peter Flannery and Moreton Police District Superintendent John Hallam

Results driven

“Each time a camera detects a vehicle on the list of stolen vehicles an automated email alert is shared immediately with local police and Polair, so we’re providing real time data to help police get real time results.

“We’re the only local government in South-East Queensland area that has this capability of automated alerts at this time, and I expect others will soon follow suit.

“By the end of June, we’ll have 30 detection cameras operational in the region with plans to expand this further, so if you steal a car expect to be caught and go to court."

Nowhere to hide from hi-tech

Street danger

In the past 10 weeks, cameras have helped identified more than 215 stolen vehicles to police, adds the Mayor.

“I honestly can’t praise police enough for the work they do, and Council is pleased to provide them with the enhanced service to support police response and investigations,” he says.

“Beyond the theft of property, these people are a danger on the streets and a nuisance in our communities.

“This program is a great example of how Council can work with other lead agencies to help prevent and reduce crime affecting our community.

Hotspot

In 2018/19 Moreton Bay Region recorded 933 stolen vehicles, which was 33 per cent more than Townsville on 702, described in the media as a crime hotspot.

“Our cameras are fixed and mobile, with the flexibility to move them quickly to new locations, so there’s no ‘safe route’ for offenders to commit these kinds of crimes.”

Moreton Police District Superintendent John Hallam praised the valuable investigation tool, which is helping police apprehend offenders doing the wrong thing on our roads.

“This state-of-the-art camera technology is an important weapon in the local police arsenal not only to combat crime but also locate vehicles of interest,” he said.

Moreton Bay Regional Council plays a significant role in partnership with Moreton District Police in making this region a safer place to live and work.”

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