A new state of the art mobile camera trailer will be launched today at Wendouree Station, with its aim to improve community safety at the site which has been the scene of a number of recent breaks ins of parked cars.
The trailer will be officially launched this morning and is a new crime fighting weapon from Victoria Police's Transit Safety Division which provides CCTV to places that may not have been possible in the past.
The Transit Safety Division will use the unit to specifically target certain crimes at certain locations and assist with public event security.
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It will house multiple smart CCTV Cameras, including two high definition cameras on top of a six metre high boom. It also has tilt and zoom capabilities along with movement detection for person tracking.
Inspector Andrew Gustke said the cameras have cutting edge 360-degree pan, which greatly enhances Victoria Police's situational awareness and operational effectiveness.
"This new unit provides Transit Safety Division with a CCTV capability which we previously did not have" he said.
"With this unit now at our disposal, the public can be reassured that we are watching and monitoring to keep them safe.
"The high visibility nature of unit will also provide a significant deterrence to those people likely to engage in anti-social or criminal behaviour."
Inspector Gustke said the power unit means it can be deployed for several days at a time and works equally effectively day or night. It also has starlight technology which allows it to work in low light.
"The trailer complements existing CCTV infrastructure but as a non-fixed unit it can be deployed to any location across the public transport network," he said.
The unit has been designed as a high visibility crime deterrent to offer greater reassurance of public safety. Footage from the cameras is remotely accessed from a central point where police can be deployed when and where required. The high resolution imagery can be reviewed and downloaded.
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In the past three months, there have been at least four occasions where cars have been broken into at the station. These happened on April 14 where 27 cars were broken into across a range of sites around Ballarat including the station.
Other thefts have happened on May 16, May 24 and June 3. While police have made some arrests - including a 25-year-old man who was arrested in Wendouree in relation to the thefts, the investigation remains open.
If you or someone you know can assist with the investigation, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go online to crimestoppersvic.com.au
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