Redland City Council has installed 16 security cameras in Victoria Point Reserve.
Mayor Karen Williams said the project formed part of the Redland City Security Camera Program which aims to improve safety and security.
“The purpose of the program is to encourage appropriate use of public spaces and to increase pride and ownership of them,” she said.
“Of particular benefit to the community is that security cameras can act as a deterrent for unlawful and antisocial behaviour, as they can be used to provide evidence in prosecutions.”
Cr Williams said camera locations were identified based on police crime statistics, need and Council’s ability to obtain external funding.
“Overall, Redlands Coast enjoys lower crime rates than many other areas in south-east Queensland.
“However, when an area that is environmentally susceptible to antisocial behaviour or criminal activity is identified, we work in partnership with other levels of government to address this.
“Victoria Point Reserve has been identified, in partnership with Queensland Police, as a priority location in recent years.
“We encourage all residents witnessing or experiencing crime to report it to police, as these reports help prioritise both police and council resources in the future.”
Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the new cameras would cover the car parks and entry points along Masters Avenue and would complement those already installed at the jetty bus terminal and Volunteer Marine Rescue base.
“The community, and especially residents from Coochiemudlo Island, have been calling for improved security at the Victoria Point Reserve,” Cr Hewlett said.
“These new security cameras will be welcomed and I’m sure they will help discourage crime such as damage to, and theft from, vehicles.
“They will also help create a safer environment for both visitors to the reserve and island commuters.”
The Victoria Point Reserve cameras are funded by the Australian Government through a $163,793 Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program grant.
Council has also installed security cameras in the Capalaba Bus Station and Library Precinct, Moores Road and Weinam Creek car parks in Redland Bay, and in Wellington Point Reserve.
For more information on the Redland City Security Camera Program, visit Council’s website.