Security cameras covering park
KIDS at South Tweed skate park are now under surveillance, with the introduction of security cameras by Tweed Shire Council, in a bid to monitor crime.
Three closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, worth $20,000 in total, were installed at the skate park and neighbouring indoor pool in late December and are now fully functional.
The council installed the cameras as a response to growing police concerns about crime at the skate park.
It was identified as a crime hot spot for juveniles following a string of break and enters in the vicinity of the park and problems with graffiti since its opening in 2009.
The council’s acting director of engineering and operations Ian Kite, said the camera images will be used to identify people involved in incidents at the skate park and nearby swimming pool.
“The cameras provide a range of benefits, including staff security and the ability to capture any break-ins or vandalism,” Mr Kite said.
“The two outdoor cameras, covering the skate park and surrounds, are complemented by a third camera providing footage inside the swim complex.”
Mr Kite said the cameras were clear enough to allow for accurate face recognition.
“Two of the cameras have dual lenses, including a black and white lens which offers incredible clarity and recognition at night.”
Mr Kite said the CCTV cameras have been installed by the council in the hope of creating a safer community.