CCTV net­work con­nects to po­lice

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

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 jpay56@po­

KBA’s Ja­son Vokes.

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