Neighbours pay for their own security camera
Neighbours have taken security in their street into their own hands after a series of home and car breakins.
The residents of Hillsborugh’s Bamfield Place arranged for a security camera to be installed to help gather information and deter future thefts.
Residents from the first nine houses in the cul-de-sac have contributed to the cost of installing the camera.
Project co-ordinator James Caldwell says once in place the camera costs nothing to run.
‘‘The camera takes away the fear of the unknown,’’ he says. ‘‘It helps us catch the baddies. I feel better having an idea of what’s going on in the street.’’
He also believes it will provide a great deal of information and evidence for the police in the event of future burglaries.
is a former policeman and district representative for Community Patrols New Zealand (CPNZ) and says there are a lot of issues people need to be aware of when it comes to operating security cameras.
‘‘You need to be careful of surveillance acts,’’ he says. ‘‘And cameras need to be good, otherwise identification is difficult as images are grainy.’’
Mr Miller suggests worried neighbours should keep an eye out for each other.
‘‘Take note of unknown vehicles and people who look normal but their behaviour is suspicious. It is better to come along at the top [rather] than with an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.’’
Bamfield Place resident Sue Karl experienced one of the recent break-ins.
She arrived home to a broken window and $20,000 worth of goods stolen including antique jewellery belonging to her mother.
‘‘I have lived on the street for 34 years and recently people are getting very daring. Burglary is getting worse and having the camera makes me feel more comfortable.’’
Onehunga community policing team Sergeant Rhys Smith says the camera is a great proactive approach to preventing crime.
‘‘They’re basically saying to criminals ‘don’t come down our street because we’ll notice any crime and report it to police’.
‘‘Police aren’t everywhere and we rely a lot on communities helping to prevent crime as well,’’ he says.
‘‘If they’ve got footage of a suspicious car or a burglar’s car going down the street it gives us lines of inquiry and betters our chances of arresting somebody,’’ he says.
Mr Smith says this is the first time he has heard of a street coming together to install a camera.
Bamfield Place is looking at another camera in the future. Signs will inform the public the cameras are there.