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Brisbane City Council has recorded a 50 per cent increase in suspected CBD thefts in the past two months.
The council's CCTV monitoring system covers the Queen Street Mall, City Botanic Gardens and Fortitude Valley, with staff operating the cameras day and night.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the city's 135 CCTV cameras monitored CBD areas around the clock with staff notifying police of any incidents.
The cameras also have loudspeakers enabling council staff to warn people they were being recorded and police had been notified of any "anti-social" behaviour.
“Over the past 12 months, council’s CCTV identified more than 20,000 incidents, reported 995 incidents to police and footage of 423 incident was passed on to (the Queensland Police Service) as part of their investigation," Cr Schrinner said.
“This includes about 260 incidents of suspected stolen property, 23 reports of vandalism, 130 fires and more than 2300 reports of people acting disorderly.”
Cr Schrinner said retailers had reported more shoplifting and "anti-social behaviour" in the city centre during the coronavirus lockdown.
“We have heard of incidents of people shoplifting hand sanitiser, toilet paper, canned foods and board games and increased instances of aggressive behaviour to staff and general loitering in the city," he said.
Cr Schrinner said, for the homeless community living in the Brisbane CBD and under increased pressure from coronavirus, the council had patrols in the city working with charities and organisations to get people into safe homes.SOURCE: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-cbd-crime-up-by-50-per-cent-during-lockdown-20200528-p54x9g.html