Safe City cameras keep an eye on Ipswich

Ipswich City Council is considering an expansion to its Safe City monitoring program.

Health, Security and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said the Safe City camera network had increased significantly in 24 years and proved a major success in keeping Ipswich safe.

“The Safe City camera network from 1994 to the current date has grown from only 11 cameras in the central business district (CBD), to more than 300 cameras in over 12 suburbs and has had an enormous impact on public safety, crime prevention and addressing the perception of crime within the Ipswich community.”
As part of the 2017-18 capital works program, council will expand the network at an estimated cost of $660,000.

Cr Ireland said the Safe City cameras, which also provide number plate recognition, had helped track down many stolen cars and other vehicles associated with various offending.

“Since Safe City’s conception in 1994, there have been over 9,700 arrests as a direct result of Safe City’s observations and actions. There have also been over 7500 reviews of footage and over 5000 images released to police for investigation and prosecution purposes.”