Cam­eras are on watch at hos­pi­tal

Bush Telegraph - - Property Market - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Peo­ple at­tend­ing the Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal at night need no longer won­der about what lurks in the shad­ows as five se­cu­rity cam­eras have been in­stalled.

They were or­gan­ised by the Dan­nevirke Pro­mo­tion and De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety Inc (DPMDS)and in­stalled by Tararua District Coun­cil.

The ma­ter­nity unit is open 24/7 and in the past there have been a few in­ci­dents where un­wanted vis­i­tors have turned up. CEO of the Tararua Health Group Shar­ron Wards said there have also been in­ci­dences of car breakins and a bro­ken door.

“The in­stal­la­tion of se­cu­rity cam­eras has cre­ated a much higher level of as­sur­ance for staff and she can­not thank the DPMDS enough.”

For the Dan­nevirke Pro­mo­tion and De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety the Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal Cam­eras are just part of a wider op­er­a­tion im­prov­ing se­cu­rity for all of Dan­nevirke.

This year two ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing from In­fin­ity Foun­da­tion and the South­ern Trust yielded $50,000 which has been spent on the hos­pi­tal cam­eras, two Au­to­mated Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion cam­eras in High Street and a new server ca­pa­ble of han­dling greater num­bers of cam­eras than the 50 al­ready run­ning.

The ANPR cam­eras can zero onto a car num­ber plate and re­lay the lo­ca­tion in­stantly to po­lice head­quar­ters, help­ing solve bur­glar­ies, traf­fic chases and lo­cat­ing stolen ve­hi­cles.

Bob Dresser, Chair­man of the CCTV Com­mit­tee says since March 2011 when the com­mit­tee be­gan there has been a huge re­duc­tion in petty crime es­pe­cially at night. Con­sta­ble Gary McKer­non agreed and said the night van­dal­ism and va­grancies had just about dis­ap­peared.

Tararua District Coun­cil has also been help­ful and Bob in his an­nual re­port­thanked Peter Wim­sett for his en­thu­si­asm and ex­per­tise in li­ais­ing with In­spire Net and Ad­vanced Se­cu­rity to get the best re­sults, and Ray Bor­rie for his in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance of the cam­eras.

Those in­volved with im­prov­ing the se­cu­rity of Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal meet out­side its main en­trance on Fri­day. From left: Ross MacDon­ald, Shar­ron Wards (hold­ing a new cam­era), Con­sta­ble Gary McKer­non, Mal­colm Pef­fers, Terry Hynes, Ray Bor­rie, Bob Dresser.

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