City CCTV network cracks down on hooning

Published on 20 August 2021

The ocean behind Surfers Paradise

A specialised mobile CCTV unit will be rolled out in partnership with Queensland Police Service (QPS) to tackle hooning on the Gold Coast.

The mobile unit features six high resolution external facing cameras housed within a vandal-proof trailer, with the added benefit of Licence Plate Recognition and low-light capabilities. 

The $20,000 six-month trial will assist in detecting and recording evidence of hooning offences following the introduction of strengthened hooning legislation. 

Mayor Tom Tate said the mobile trailer was designed to rapidly deploy to hooning hotspots.

“It’s time to put the brakes on hooning. 

“There is no place for this dangerous and reckless behaviour in our community and we’re striking back with this new technology. 

“Offenders often leave behind a trail of destruction with ratepayers forced to foot the bill. 

“We will work closely with QPS to target known locations and ensure police have all the evidence required to prosecute hoons,” said Mayor Tate. 

The City has more than 700 permanent and mobile CCTV cameras in its network to support police and other agencies maintain public safety. 

Cameras are monitored 24/7 by licensed operators within a central control room. 

Over the last two years approximately 45 per cent of all new CCTV requests were related to hooning.