Hidden cameras to catch hoons

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban, Police |Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan and Police Minister Liza Harvey.
Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban, Police |Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan and Police Minister Liza Harvey.

COVERT cameras aimed at catching hoon drivers are being deployed around Perth.

The cameras were installed as part of a trial, which captured six hoon driving offences during the first two weeks, and WA Police will now purchase 24 cameras over the next three years.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the alleged drivers were expected to face court soon.

“The difficult thing about hoons is capturing the evidence to prosecute them – this is just one of our weapons to get these dangerous individuals off our roads,” she said.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban joined Mrs Harvey and Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan for the announcement.

“With the Hills portion of my electorate often enticing to hoons, due to its long roads and less traffic, I am pleased that initiatives such as these covert hoon cameras are delivering results,” Mr Alban said.

“With six offences caught in just the first two weeks, the message is clear – hooning will not be tolerated in our communities.”

Mrs Harvey said police intelligence and information from residents would determine camera locations.

“My message to hoon drivers in our suburbs is there’s nowhere to hide,” she said.

“Hoon driving is some of the most dangerous and irresponsible behaviour someone can do behind the wheel and we will catch you.”

The cameras identify drivers’ features and vehicle number plates, targeting offences such as excessive smoke and noise, and dangerous and reckless driving.

The Government committed $170,000 in 2013 to buy the cameras and trial the project.