CCTV network connects to police
Would-be criminals will have even more eyes on them, with the expansion of the CCTV network in Waipapa and Kerikeri.
The Waipapa Business Association, in collaboration with the Kerikeri Business Association and led by Bill Fenton, have secured funding which will connect around 100 CCTV cameras in the area to the Kerikeri Police Station.
The initiative will give businesses, schools and community groups in Waipapa and Kerikeri, the opportunity to connect their external cameras to the police station, which volunteers will monitor and give information to police or local security if necessary.
Constable Jeff Phillipps has been involved with the awardwinning Kaitaia initiative, which he says has prevented crime from occurring.
‘‘It has prevented aggravated robberies and we have been able to identify and lock up offenders, a lot of the time offenders don’t even try now.’’
Kerikeri Business Association chairman Jason Vokes says it is common for businesses to have their own CCTV, but a network of cameras is more efficient.
‘‘I would like people to come forward and join the business association, the membership fees justify this project alone. I would like the support of every business in town,’’ Vokes says.
Eventually funding is hoped to pay for continued monitoring of the network. Members of the community patrol and other volunteers will be manning the cameras initially, and more volunteers are needed.
First Security Kerikeri spokesman Chris Harris says it is about being proactive with the system.
‘‘Patrols can be asked to respond to suspicious activity, we can investigate and add a physical presence to the eyes of the camera and report serious incidents to police.’’
Work is set to begin in two weeks for the project, with the new infrastructure to be added to the current system which was installed in 2013 by the Kerikeri Business Association. Funding from the Far North District Council, the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board and the Oxford Trust has been provided, but the initiative requires another $32,000 to reach their $70,000 goal. Further funding applications are pending.
If you can help with the CCTV project email Constable Phillipps on firstname.lastname@example.org
KBA’s Jason Vokes.