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In the heart of Brisbane city, a group of women faced a threatening encounter when a man armed with a tree branch approached them, an incident captured by CCTV at King George Square. The Brisbane City Council’s extensive surveillance system, consisting of 3,500 cameras monitored around the clock, has proven crucial in deterring criminal activities and aiding law enforcement agencies in capturing various offenses.

Over the past year, the CCTV network has recorded a total of 1,595 offenses, showcasing incidents ranging from fights on the streets to scuffles in staircases and substance exchanges in public spaces like King George Square. This footage has played a significant role in identifying and addressing criminal activities, resulting in a notable 20% increase in incidents recorded, emphasizing the effectiveness of the surveillance system.

The Queensland Police Service acknowledges the value of CCTV cameras in both deterring offenders and assisting in solving crimes. Superintendent Jon Kent highlights the importance of this resource in clearing up crimes, noting that individuals are less likely to engage in criminal activities when aware of surveillance. While expressing the desire for cameras on every street, he also emphasizes the need to balance privacy concerns with community safety.

The continuous expansion of the CCTV network, with an additional 240 cameras installed in crime hotspots over the past year, reflects the commitment of Brisbane City Council to combatting crime and ensuring public safety. The footage captured by these cameras not only provides crucial evidence for law enforcement but also serves as a deterrent to potential offenders, ultimately contributing to a safer environment for residents and visitors alike.


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