Friday, 17 June 2016
Work to begin installing CCTV cameras throughout Balclutha’s main street and surrounding areas will begin next week (20 June 2016).
Cameras will be installed to cover key areas throughout the main street and township.
The work is due to be completed by the end of July, depending on the weather conditions.
$85,000 has been budgeted for the cameras and installation, which are part of the stage two budget for the Balclutha main street upgrade project.
Given the investment Council has made in the area with the recent main street upgrade, Council felt installing CCTV cameras was warranted.
It also added to the liquor ban that was recently extended to cover more central areas in the town.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said it was pleasing to see the decline in vandalism since the main street was upgraded, but it was becoming standard practice for town centres to have the added protection of CCTV cameras and Council appreciated the collaboration of local police on this matter.
Clutha-Taieri Area Response Manager, Senior Sergeant Alistair Dickie said the Balclutha police were pleased about the installation of the surveillance cameras.
Initially a monitoring and recording capability will be established at the Balclutha Police Station, however this will be extended to the Southern District Command Centre at Dunedin Central Police Station where 24 hour monitoring could be achieved, he said.
“The camera systems will have playback capabilities so areas where offending or other issues are identified can be reviewed for evidence gathering purposes “.
Mr Dickie said this was an example of the police and community working together to improve the safety of those whose lived in Balclutha or passed through it.