Bojangles Nightclub duty manager Ben Lougoon with CCTV television keeping a watchful eye on Gladstone.
Bojangles Nightclub duty manager Ben Lougoon with CCTV television keeping a watchful eye on Gladstone. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Gladstone crims caught on CCTV

GLADSTONE region residents are being spied upon by CCTVs, with authorities saying the measure has deterred unruly and criminal behaviour since installation.

Gladstone Regional Council, which announced in July funding to upgrade its CCTV network, currently has 50 cameras placed around the region, while most licensed venues have their own systems in place.

Acting Mayor Gail Sellers said there were 20 in the public space and 30 indoor cameras.

“The process is about to go to tender and the amount of cameras installed in the near future will depend on those submissions received,” she said.

“Council has found that CCTV footage has assisted police with past investigations and cameras’ presence has helped protect community assets.

Bojangles manager Michael Matz, who has run venues since before CCTV days, said the technology had been wonderful, not just in prevention which was the number one aim, but also determining what actually happened during incidents.

He said Bojangles has 16 cameras, including one recently focused directly on the taxi rank across the road.

Mr Matz said footage has also been used to help police solve crimes.

District Crime Prevention Coordinator acting Senior Constable Julie Meinberg said the CBD CCTV has assisted with the decrease of assaults and wilful damage since the installation.

The CBD CCTV has assisted with the decrease of assaults and wilful damage since the installation.



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