Cameras Installed on Mt Coot-tha Walking Trails Amid Security Concerns

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In response to a series of alarming attacks on popular walking trails in Mt Coot-tha, local authorities have installed security cameras to enhance community safety. 

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Brisbane City Council has discreetly installed over 80 secret and visible CCTV cameras throughout the network of trails, significantly enhancing surveillance coverage in the area. The move comes after multiple incidents of attempted sexual assault were reported in Mt Coot-tha over the past two months.

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Three incidents have been reported to police on Mt Coot-tha paths since May. In one case, police sought information regarding an attempted assault on the Cockatoo Trail. The suspect, described as a Caucasian male between 30-40 years old, approximately 180 cm tall with short dark hair, allegedly attempted to assault a 25-year-old woman.

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Another incident occurred on the Maculata Track, where a woman was reportedly pushed to the ground and held down by a man wearing dark clothing. The attacker fled when he heard another jogger approaching.

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These events have led many women to take precautions when visiting the walking trails, such as running in groups or carrying personal alarms.

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Cr Adrian Schrinner announced the camera installation initiative, stating that the Council has collaborated with the Queensland Police Service to implement new safety cameras. These will be monitored by the Council’s 24/7 control centre as part of the city’s Suburban Safety Cameras program.

“While the State is responsible for cracking down on crime, our Suburban Safety Camera Program is one way we can send a message to would-be criminals that this behaviour won’t be tolerated in our city,” Cr Schrinner said.

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The Council hopes this measure will help deter potential attackers and provide a greater sense of security for trail users in the area.

Published 11-July-2024