CCTV in Oamaru one step closer

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The installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in Oamaru is one step closer after the Waitaki District Council adopted guidelines for the security system, with amendments, at its Community Services Committee yesterday.

The council was required to adopt its own set of guidelines before the CCTV installation goes ahead to ensure the system is operated within requirements specified by the Privacy Act 1993 and a guide based on an act for businesses, agencies and organisations.

The guidelines also need to be in line with the Police Crime Prevention Cameras in Public Places Guidelines.

Some key aspects of the Waitaki District Council Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Guidelines cover privacy issues, when the cameras will be operated, where they will be and who will monitor them.

Other guidelines include those around security and retention and auctioning of information.

Footage is to be kept on file for two months before it is erased, however footage can be used at any time for evidential purposes as part of any police investigation.

While the council owns the CCTV system, it will be monitored by nominated police representatives.

In June 2014 the council allocated $20,000 towards the development of a CCTV network for Oamaru’s central businesses district.

The aim is to make Oamaru a safer place for the community to live, work and play, and will help increase community perception of safety, monitor traffic, pedestrian and crime issues, deter and prevent offending in the community and capture information for the use of preventing, detecting and investigating offences.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru police, said the system would be a valuable tool for helping prevent crime in Oamaru.

He was confident people would think harder about the consequences of their actions before potentially committing a crime.

The CCTV system is expected to be installed in the next few months.

 

By Daniel Birchfield