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How locals are joining forces with police to solve crimes

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How locals are joining forces with police to solve crimes


How a new state-wide alliance between residents and police will help catch criminals

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Local businesses and residents with CCTV are linking with police to clamp down on crime.

The Sunshine Coast Community Camera Alliance was launched on Wednesday, as part of a state-wide safety initiative.

Local businesses and residents with closed-circuit television can register their systems with police to assist in preventing and solving crime.

The alliance has been successfully rolled out across 16 areas in Queensland with the Sunshine Coast being the newest region to be invited to register their CCTV systems.

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan and Member for Caloundra, Jason Hunt, joined Commissioner Katarina Carroll to launch the initiative on the Sunshine Coast.

Commissioner Carroll said the CCA was a valuable addition to the community and encouraged residents to partner with police by registering their systems online.

“All residents and businesses who have a CCTV system installed can contribute to this valuable prevention and reporting network which has the ability to assist local police in investigating, preventing and responding to local issues,” she said.

“This initiative is a great example of how the community can partner with police in the pursuit of solving crime and contributing directly to making the Sunshine Coast safer.

Locals with CCTV can partner with police to solve crimes. Picture: Shutterstock.

“Interested locals can register their system as part of the alliance and if a CCTV system can be utilised in an investigation, contact will be made with them by police.

“All information will be stored safely and securely, and members can remove themselves from the CCA at any time.”

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The Member for Caloundra, Jason Hunt, said every new initiative that supported community safety was to be welcomed.

“I will always advocate strongly for the people of Caloundra when it comes to community safety, as there is nothing more important in my view,” he said.

“Our police are a part of the community and this new partnership opportunity further cements the bond between police and the people they serve.”

A new CCTV initiative is being launched on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Shutterstock.

Minister Ryan said by joining with local police, local residents were able to provide valuable information to assist with community safety.

“Community members are often asking what more they can do to assist local police and the CCA provides a positive outlet for residents to truly help solve crime,” Minister Ryan said.

“When police and the community work together, we all reap the benefits. I look forward to seeing this important initiative gain traction on the Sunshine Coast and launching more of these important alliances across the state.”

Sunshine Coast residents who wish to join the CCA can register online at Queensland Police – CCTV Registration Form.