THIEVES stole an $8000 mobile speed display unit at midnight on Saturday, but were unaware they were caught on CCTV.
The device was one of two owned by Shoalhaven City Council .
Footage recorded from a nearby residence has been forwarded to council and police.
The units are used to draw motorists’ attention to their speed.
They also record a vehicle’s speed but do not identify vehicles.
Shoalhaven City Council road safety officer Kathy Wiseham said the device was the size of a briefcase and was padlocked to a power pole on Vost Drive at Sanctuary Point.
“The RMS funded the displays to improve road safety around local schools,” she said.
“We also use them out in the community where residents have made complaints about speeding drivers.
“They are designed to be left secured to a pole with security brackets and padlocks.
“It doesn’t identify the cars; it just records the number of cars and their speeds.
“We have only had them for about 18 months.
“I am very disappointed that someone would steal the display unit.
“They are of no used to anyone,” she said.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to phone Nowra Police on 4421 9699.