Crim­i­nals set to be­come TV stars

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Crims be­ware: the CCTV cam­eras in Porirua’s city cen­tre are to be manned full­time.

Porirua City Coun­cil op­er­ates the 14 cam­eras, with the feed go­ing to mon­i­tors at the Porirua Po­lice Sta­tion.

How­ever, limited po­lice re­sources have meant the feed is not un­der con­stant sur­veil­lance, ac­cord­ing to a re­port to the coun­cil’s Te Komiti last week.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians, the footage will now be mon­i­tored.

Guardians co- or­di­na­tor Terry Ryan re­ferred all ques­tions to Sergeant Ha­ley Ryan at Porirua Po­lice.

Ryan said a re­cent de­ci­sion was made by po­lice and the coun­cil to have the cam­eras manned be­cause it was a wasted re­source other­wise.

She said it was not be­cause of any spike in crime in the city cen­tre.

‘‘No, not at all. We [po­lice] would just love this to be up and run­ning, and done prop­erly,’’ she said.

‘‘We will run a ros­tered sys­tem with the vol­un­teers from the Guardians, es­pe­cially over those peak weekend times.’’

Two vol­un­teers will be re­quired per shift.

All those who put their hands up to watch the cam­eras will be re­quired to un­dergo a po­lice check.

Ryan said CCTV cam­eras have been ac­knowl­edged as a crime preven­tion tool. If people know they are manned, all the bet­ter, she said.

At the Te Komiti meet­ing, Porirua deputy mayor ’ Ana Cof­fey asked about a pro­lif­er­a­tion of signs in the city cen­tre be­cause the new cam­eras would have their pres­ence ad­ver­tised.

The coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Peter Bai­ley said pri­vacy laws were strict about in­form­ing people that cam­eras were watch­ing them.

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