Cam­eras re­duce crime

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A third se­cu­rity cam­era has been in­stalled at the Ti­tahi Bay shops and there may be more to come.

As part of Porirua City Coun­cil’s vil­lage plan­ning work in the sub­urb, an ex­tra cam­era has been put in to cover an alley next to the the­atre. This was in­stalled af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion and po­lice, with the CCTV footage fed to the po­lice.

The cost of the cam­era was about $4000.

Some within the community can also use home com­put­ers to log in and check the footage live.

‘‘Our orig­i­nal plan was to have eight and we would still love to see more go in, but this is a ma­jor step for­ward,’’ Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Graeme Eb­bett said.

Van­dal­ism to shop fronts oc­curs reg­u­larly and ex­tra cam­eras will give piece of mind to store own­ers, he said, but more are needed at the rear of build­ings.

‘‘ It’s def­i­nitely a de­ter­rent and an­other good move by coun­cil in the vil­lage plan process. Peo­ple want their vil­lage to feel safe and be safe.’’

The coun­cil’s vil­lage pro­gramme man­ager Ian Bar­low said cam­era su­per­vi­sion has to be fi­nalised with TBRA and po­lice.

‘‘The costli­est part of all this is the su­per­vi­sion. Part of hav­ing the sys­tem is hav­ing some­one look at the live feed­back, but this is some­thing that has been pushed by lo­cal peo­ple and we’re happy to sup­port it.

‘‘Anec­do­tally, it is work­ing to re­duce crime,’’ he said.

Four Square owner Ke­tan Kansara has cam­eras of his own but agrees there needs to be more in the shop­ping cen­tre.

‘‘I can only see so much go­ing on, but there are peo­ple drink­ing be­hind the the­atre at night. When peo­ple knew I put cam­eras in, much of the trou­ble in front of my store stopped.’’

Safer feel­ing: Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Graeme Eb­bett be­low the new CCTV cam­era now oper­at­ing in the sub­urb’s shops.

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