Surveillance cameras ready to roll


Oamaru’s long-promised CCTV system is set to go live in a matter of days.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says five cameras will be installed next week.
Poles and cabling for the cameras were installed several months ago at Harbourside Station on Itchen St, the North Otago Yacht and Powerboat Club on Waterfront Rd, Countdown Oamaru, the Junction shopping area opposite Awamoa Park, and Flooring Xtra on Thames Highway.
The camera footage will be monitored by trained volunteers in the Oamaru Police Station on Friday and Saturday nights.
The cameras will give police an extra set of eyes and be used to traffic flowing in and out of Oamaru.
The $30,000 project involves the Safer Community Council, the Waitaki District Council, businesses, police and volunteers.
Mr Kircher has been involved for close to three years, both as mayor and as an Otago Chamber of Commerce representative.
He said he was delighted the project, being completed by volunteers and featuring materials and funding provided by local businesses, had finally come to fruition.
“It’s been a lot more complex and so on than we thought it might be. A lot of it has been done voluntarily, so that’s why it’s taken a bit longer.
“It’s certainly great to be in the situation now where they will be up and running for the rest of the summer season.”It is possible another camera may be installed on Harbour St.
In the past, Waitaki District Council community safety and development facilitator Helen Algar has indicated there may be an option to link the system, which can operate up to 16 cameras, to the police southern district command centre in Dunedin.
Last year, the council approved a series of operational guidelines under the Privacy Act and the police “Crime Prevention Cameras in Public Places Policy”.
Footage will be kept on file for two months and then deleted, unless it is required as evidence by police.
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