How residents of a wealthy suburb feared the discovery of hidden cameras on a bush trail was linked to a mystery luxury car attack – but the truth was stranger than fiction
- Mystery cameras appeared in the wealthy suburb Brookfield in west Brisbane
- Residents spotted the cameras on a bush trail near Brookfield Road in May
- Locals believed the cameras were installed after a luxury car was keyed
- Brisbane City Council confirmed the cameras were tracking deer activity
When mysterious hidden cameras were uncovered on a bush trail in a wealthy neighbourhood, residents immediately feared they were linked to an attack on a luxury car.
This was the conclusion they formed after a sign appeared on Brookfield Road in early June and offered a $5,000 reward for the identity of the person who vandalised the luxury car.
‘Reward $5000 for proof of identity of person maliciously keying cars parked outside The Brookfield General Store,’ the note read.
‘We have in-car footage of this person and their car but number plates cannot be clearly identified.’
Mystery cameras (pictured) appeared on a walking trail in the wealthy suburb of Brookfield, west Brisbane, and residents speculated they were linked to an attack on a luxury car
The hidden cameras were found on a walking trail near the street where a luxury car was keyed in Brookfield, west Brisbane, in May.
While suspicious residents suspected the cameras were installed to observe the street in question. The cameras also raised privacy concerns as residents worried the number plates of cars driving along the road could have been recorded.
However, Brisbane City Council has revealed a far more innocent reason.
They were actually monitoring the area’s deer population, The Courier Mail reported.
One camera monitored Brookfield Road (pictured) where a luxury car was keyed in May
Residents in Brookfield, where the median home price exceeds $1 million, were unsure if the vandalism was a personal dispute or just a random criminal act.
Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia they were aware the sign had been put up by a member of the public but a formal complaint had not been made.
Brisbane City Council confirmed the cameras had been placed in the area for a month to track the movement of wild deer.
A council spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia a contractor had installed the cameras to monitor deer activity on Brookfield Road between May 18 and June 15.
The council spokesperson said: ‘These motion-activated cameras are often used by council to monitor wildlife, including invasive species, and in this case the information captured will help inform strategies to reduce the risks deer can create for drivers.’
The council said the cameras did not collect drivers’ licence plate details and only recorded data on the number and type of animal that crossed the road.
Locals believed the cameras were placed to monitor the attacks on luxury cars (file image pictured) but Brisbane City Council confirmed the cameras recorded deer activity in the area