Mie Place owner Aodhan McCann.
Mie Place owner Aodhan McCann.

Call for council to increase CCTV cameras in CBD

NIGHTCLUB owner Aodhan McCann has just installed a $60,000 CCTV system in his nightclub. He can access the cameras directly from his iPhone.

Now, he wants to see Gladstone Regional Council review the system that watches over the whole of the CBD.

Gladstone Regional Council is responsible for 10 CCTV cameras that are located throughout Goondoon St, with footage being readily available to police when they request it.

Deputy mayor Matt Burnett said CCTV not only acted as a deterrent to night-time street violence, but in some cases it had assisted police in identifying criminal activity.

While additional CCTV cameras would be beneficial, he said the council's current budget "doesn't allow for council to install and monitor more cameras at this stage".

"(The council) has appropriate CCTV cameras, but as new technology comes on the market we will have to review the quality of our equipment."

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The cameras the council use cost between $1000 and $1500 each and are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mr McCann said the council should make their footage more easily accessible to the police.

"Council should make their footage more easily accessible for the police and have them all the way up main street," he said.

"(The council) need a better setup for assisting police to use that footage."

His club, Mie Place, is open until 4am on weekends, and that was why, he said, he felt he should install a new $60,000 system.

"We are the place where everyone ends up so we obviously need them here, too," he said.

Gladstone police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jim Vogler said CCTV cameras were an important part in keeping the community safe.

"They act as a deterrent to people doing the wrong thing and assist in solving serious criminal offences," he said.

"CCTV cameras in the right positions go a long way to making this happen.

"The only people to fear more cameras are those who commit serious offences and impinge on other people trying to have a good time."

Gladstone Police crime prevention co-ordinator senior constable Ann Jessop said CCTV was one of their best crime fighters.

She said it was important the right cameras were in place.

"Some people put them in dark places when they need light," she said.

"It's important that staff get training so they can recall the footage when needed."

Snr Const Jessop said modern technology in cameras made them more accessible.

"We certainly could do with more (cameras) but it's getting better," she said.

"I really encourage people to see a specialist security adviser if they are thinking of installing some."

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