Queensland to Get All-New CCTV Security Surveillance System
In Queens town, New Zealand, the city council has decided that they will join the ranks of cities that employ CCTV security surveillance to monitor civilian activity as a way to keep people safe and secure at all times. The city council has selected the Downtown area to be the first to be outfitted with the cameras, and they hope to have cameras up and fully operational by June of this year. The estimated cost of the system will be $150,000, and is going to have all of the latest bells and whistles.
The system for the Downtown area will have ten cameras, all of which will transmit their signal to the Queensland police department for constant monitoring and recording 24 hours a day.
About the new CCTV security surveillance system, Senior Constable Sean Drader says: “We’ve had CCTV before so we know the positive benefits. The police and the council have a responsibility to keep our public places safe and it is very helpful with both detection and prevention. When CCTV first came in the early 90s, it seemed Big Brother-ish and weird, but people are used to it now and expect it. If they’ve had something stolen, been robbed or assaulted, they can’t believe there is not CCTV. We’re lucky we have a small town centre – but we have a small pool of ratepayers to pay for a system as well. Hopefully it will prove its worth and we can slowly expand it year on year until we have a complete system.”
Six firms around the area have been placed on the shortlist to oversee the installation. One company will be chosen by March 1st, and installation will begin shortly thereafter. The system will have a design life of ten years, so these cameras will be reliable and efficient.
The cameras will be installed onto the street lamps already in the area, with the exception of one camera that will have its own stand approximately five meters off the ground.
These new cameras are designed to be very durable and highly advanced, with features like automatic pixilation, and a weather proof casing set to last in freezing cold temperatures.
Council community services general manager Paul Wilson says having it up and running by Winter Festival is a realistic goal if everything goes smoothly in terms of the gear’s arrival from overseas.
“We want quality equipment that is proven reliable. You can go for high definition cameras today but they have extraordinary data requirements in terms of the amount of storage and transmission rates. They are probably more likely to be standard definition cameras, which are still very good.”
Drader can recall many occasions when a CCTV would have aided police operations.
One instance was the manslaughter of Queenstown family man Mark Smith, 47, who died after being punched at a taxi rank by UK-born Paul Richards, 35, in November 2009. Richards was sentenced to two years’ jail and served 12 months. As it stands, police often use Queenstown businesses’ private CCTV systems to gain information and evidence