As businesses reopen and begin the COVID-19 recovery, police are urging them to embrace a new tool to protect them from other threats to their livelihoods.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan has joined Moreton Police in launching the Community Camera Alliance (CCA) program in the district.
CCA is a program which allows the local community to proactively work with police to help solve crime.
It’s a voluntary program where residential and commercial CCTV systems are registered with police to prevent crime and make the community safer.
Senior Constable Jo-Anne Arthur says CCTV has become a crucial investigative tool in modern-day policing.
“Registrations are now open to any individual, owner or operator of a CCTV system within the Moreton Police District,” she says.
“Locating cameras can be extremely time-consuming for investigators. Knowing the location of established CCTV systems within the community will maximise the efficiency of investigative resources and minimise the loss of potential evidence.”
Mr Ryan says the cameras are becoming more common in our community.
“We are announcing the Community Camera Alliance for the Moreton Bay Region, which will enable residents and businesses to sign up to let police know that they have CCTV,” he says.
“What that means is that if crime happens in your area, police can get in touch with you to see if your cameras captured a key piece of the puzzle. That information may help us solve the crime and catch the crooks.
“A lot of people are installing them at their businesses and at their homes, and there’s an important reason for it – CCTV cameras can be a massive deterrent which protects you from crime.”
Signing up to the CCA program will allow police to map the location of cameras in an area where an offence has occurred and allow them to contact the registered CCTV camera owner and have them check their footage for an offender.
Sen-Constable Arthur says this could occur soon after a crime has occurred, providing valuable information to police.
“Registration details will be stored in an existing secure police database which is utilised, and solely accessed, by members of the QPS,” she explains.
“Registering your CCTV cameras does not mean that police can access your footage remotely, it is purely a method for police to see where the cameras are in the area.”
Mr Ryan says the cameras are valuable tools for capturing evidence for police.
“There’s a lot of support for the police in our community, and this is another way that you can show your support for police,” he says.
You can register online here. If you reside in the Moreton Police District select Moreton from the ‘region’ drop down box.