Sup­port for CCTV crime preven­tion move

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By PET­RICE TARRANT

A crime preven­tion CCTV ini­tia­tive planned for Toko­roa’s CBD is back in ac­tion af­ter a short break.

SW Safer Com­mu­nity Coun­cil founder Gor­don Blake said the or­gan­is­ers were wait­ing on a show of sup­port from the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil be­fore they knuck­led down with fundrais­ing.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair has in­di­cated the coun­cil will match the ini­tia­tive’s fundrais­ing ef­forts dol­lar for dol­lar, Mr Blake said.

‘‘I have taken the mayor at his word. It still needs to be signed off but he seemed cer­tain it would hap­pen.’’

On­go­ing main­te­nance of the cam­eras will hope­fully be funded through a $50 levy for busi­nesses within range of the cam­eras.

With about $7000 in the bank, the group still has a fair way to go to reach its $60,000 tar­get.

But Mr Blake is cer­tain they will get there.

‘‘We need to get back out there and start fundrais­ing again.’’

Six static cam­eras will be joined by a group of mo­bile cam­eras that can be moved as needed.

‘‘Wher­ever you put them there will be win­ners and losers. The ad­van­tage of the mo­bile ones, though, is that those who might be con­tent on car­ry­ing on a life of crime won’t know where they are.’’

On track: Mayor Neil Sin­clair, left, Gor­don Blake, Pap Orome­tua Ti­mote Turu and In­spec­tor Stephen Bul­lock get the CCTV ini­tia­tive on track.

Fam­ily af­fair: The legacy of Bill Gray lives on through his fam­ily who are still in the food in­dus­try. Pic­tured, left, Ivan Gray with his wife El­iz­a­beth, mother Joyce and brother Neil.

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