It won’t help

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

I read the ‘‘Call for more CCTV’’ ar­ti­cle ( Mir­ror, April 20). As a busi­ness owner my­self I feel for those that were tar­geted by bur­glars. I do not be­lieve the an­swer to this ‘‘prob­lem’’ is one for the com­mu­nity how­ever. There are a num­ber of busi­nesses through­out the re­gion and to train cam­eras on all of them would be ex­pen­sive and in­va­sive. If we were to do this for busi­nesses then why would we not train a cam­era on ev­ery house?

This would not be de­sir­able nor would it stop scum­bags from find­ing a way to get what they want. The an­swer is for in­di­vid­ual home­own­ers and busi­nesses to ac­cept that we are all vul­ner­a­ble and to take steps to se­cure our prop­erty and have ad­e­quate in­surance in the event of bur­glary.

I agree with Mr Ross’s sug­ges­tion that busi­ness own­ers in­stall alarm sys­tems but even he sug­gests that these bur­glars would still have got what they wanted. They would do so in the pres­ence of CCTV cam­eras too.

Alexandra Re­tail­ers’ Group spokesman and Cafe Rossi owner Brent Ross.

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