Cameras are on watch at hospital
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.