More CCTV cameras in Warwick could help reduce the crime rate, as has happened in Ipswich.
More CCTV cameras in Warwick could help reduce the crime rate, as has happened in Ipswich. Contributed

Call for more CCTV cameras

WITH a drastic reduction in crime in Ipswich being attributed to extra CCTV monitoring systems, Warwick identities are asking whether the same could be achieved in the Rose City.

Since 2008, the serious crime rate in Ipswich is said to have halved.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said he believed the CCTV cameras had played a role in the reduction of crime.

Council candidate Yve Stocks said she believed Warwick could certainly do with some more.

"I definitely don't think we could have too many," she said.

"Just as important is making sure they all work, because some

times they don't. Whether they had been disabled or not I don't know."

Mrs Stocks said with the crime rate "certainly not dwindling", she thought a proactive measure such as extra CCTV cameras would help turn that around.

"One in the street doesn't catch everything," she said.

"Those people scared of Big Brother watching, well, if you're not doing anything wrong, then you don't have to worry."

Mrs Stocks said if she was elected, reducing crime would be a priority.

"I also think we need to work on engaging youth in doing something meaningful.

"We need facilities to do this. I was talking to some young people about an indoor cricket facility, which would be great.

"It'd be a place to hang out and it would be a real meeting place."

A spokesperson for the Warwick police has previously spoken in favour of extra CCTV cameras, saying it would help reduce the local crime rate.

"They're definitely a deterrent for offenders, but it still doesn't take the onus away from owners of securing their premises and cars and locking up," he said.


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