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Council secures funding for CCTV cameras in Chinchilla

1 June 2016

Committed to making our communities safer and better places to live, Western Downs Regional Council have secured $237,000 under the Australian Government’s Safer Streets Programme to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the Chinchilla CBD.

  • CCTV Cameras will be installed in various locations in the Chinchilla CBD with a focus on known ‘hot spots’ for antisocial behaviour;
  • The aim of the Chinchilla CBD CCTV Project is to increase street safety, deter antisocial behaviour and discourage crime;
  • The installation of cameras will assist the Queensland Police Service to better identify individuals who cause public nuisance and engage in criminal activities;
  • Council’s CCTV Networks are aimed at supporting broader community safety and security, and the CCTV Project in Chinchilla will provide an enhanced business and visitor environment in the CBD area.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh welcomed the announcement by the Australian Government over the weekend.

“We have seen some really positive results with the CCTV systems in Dalby and Tara, and we know that a visible deterrent, like cameras, can reduce incidences of antisocial and criminal behaviour,” he said.

“By taking a proactive approach to crime prevention, the installation of CCTV cameras in and around Chinchilla’s CBD and Skate Park areas will provide an enhanced sense of community safety and encourage the continued use of these areas at night and on the weekends.

“Council is serious about making our towns safer and better places to live for all residents and visitors to our region, and this measure will give concerned businesses and members of the Chinchilla community some peace of mind.”

Cr McVeigh said the CCTV cameras will provide local Police, who are currently reliant on existing business cameras, a valuable tool in investigating complaints and criminal activity.

“With significant coverage gaps between the different private systems used by local businesses, the Chinchilla CCTV Project will mean more strategically placed cameras to assist Police with their investigations in the CBD area,” he said.

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