Cameras turned on to keep town safe
THERE will be an eye in the sky watching over Chinchilla in the name of safety, as 14 closed circuit television cameras were rolled out across the town on Tuesday.
Switched on by MP David Littleproud and Mayor Paul McVeigh, the new cameras form part of the Federal Government's Safer Streets program.
Heeney St will have 12 of the new cameras, with the remaining two being placed in the Middle St car park and on Bell St.
The roll-out was funded by the Proceeds of Crime Account, which is from confiscated assets from convicted criminals, and cost $237,400.
Mr Littleproud said these cameras have been strategically placed to help deter crime in the area.
"I've spoken at length with the community, police and the Western Downs Regional Council on this and these locations - where the cameras will be installed - were identified as in need of being targeted,” he said.
Acting Sergeant Ross Olsen said the new cameras will hopefully bring down disorderly conduct in the main street, as well as help police identify potential suspects during investigations.
"CCTV acts as a deterrent for criminal or anti-social behaviour and can assist in the apprehension of those responsible for crime in our community,” he said.