The Opposition CLP is proposing a CCTV monitoring trial program for Alice Springs that is currently in use in Ipswich, where criminal incidents are flagged and police alerted to potential crimes in real time.
CLP spokesman for Territory Families Joshua Burgoyne said the CCTV network around the Alice Springs CBD is not monitored by operators in Central Australia, but rather in Darwin.
He said local operators with an expertise of the area are one of the keys to help address ongoing local crime issues.
“Instead of CCTV operators based in Darwin notifying Alice Springs police of crimes once they have already occurred, real-time local monitoring with a direct line to police would assist in catching offenders committing crimes and act as a crime deterrent,” he said.
“This trial would be another tool to help our police tackle bad behaviour.”
“We would like to see a trial with real-time monitoring of already installed police and council-owned security cameras by an external provider, based in Alice Springs, which would be able to relay information directly to Alice Springs police.”
Mr Burgoyne said a similar program in Ipswich had proved successful.
The Ipswich City Council touts its Safe City Monitoring Facility as a “benchmark for public safety monitoring that leads the way with the latest innovative technology”.
The Council says Safe City often detects incidents that are about to occur and responds by alerting police, sometimes allowing them to locate suspects and recover stolen property quickly.
The Council says they have been visited by numerous international and local law enforcement agencies, police and local authorities to study their camera monitoring system.
The Safe City Monitoring Facility is centrally located within the CBD, operating 7 days per week, 24 hours per day and has the ability to stream live video footage to the Queensland Police Service.
It includes over 300 public safety surveillance cameras across the Ipswich Region.
The Ipswich City Council said their program often collaborates with a range of agencies in an effort to work hand-in-hand to assist in addressing strategies for community safety and policing.
They also claim that their monitoring facility doesn’t breach its citizen’s privacy.
“As a guide, cameras do not monitor residential homes or areas. All cameras are to be of a standard to ensure that they are fit for purpose,” a factsheet stated.
Police Minister Nicole Manison visited Alice Springs last week and dismissed council’s calls for assistance to help end the town’s out-of-control crime problem, providing no new ideas to help the town’s residents feel safe in their own homes.
Mr Burgoyne said all options need to be put on the table to fix the town’s problems.
“At the bare minimum, the Chief Minister and Police Minister must acknowledge the significant impact crime is having on the Alice Springs community due to Labor’s law and order policy failures – then consider additional, immediate, options to tackle crime in our town,” he said.