Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Christchurch: City crime camera network extended

City crime camera network extended

Canterbury, 10 April 2014 - Ten new crime cameras are about to come online in Christchurch suburbs, increasing safety and security for residents and people visiting the areas.

The new cameras, funded by Christchurch City Council and monitored by Police, have been installed in Riccarton, Upper Riccarton, Addington, Merivale and New Brighton.

The new installations add to the existing 58 crime cameras in the central city which are currently monitored by Police, bringing the total number of Crime Prevention Cameras in Christchurch to 68.

Inspector Peter Cooper says the extension of the crime camera network is a positive response to changes in the city since the 2010-11 earthquakes, and shows the commitment that Christchurch City Council have to partnering with Police to help make the city safer.

"Over the past three years patterns of night-time activity have shifted significantly from the central city to the suburbs," he says.

"We're now seeing a lot more hospitality and entertainment on a regular basis in suburban locations," he says. "Although activity is also returning to the central city, it's clear that many of the suburban entertainment precincts are now well established and will continue to be popular gathering places.

"Experience tells us that these areas are also potential crime locations, so it's a positive move to have extra eyes in some of the busy suburban locations."

Inspector Cooper says the new crime camera locations have been determined after detailed analysis of patterns of offending and Police calls for service.

The cameras are primarily used to monitor crime hotspots in real time, enabling Police to identify potential issues and despatch patrols to incidents before they escalate.

They have also proven valuable in investigations, giving investigators the ability to review footage to identify suspects or vehicles or watch unfolding events.

"We're confident that these new cameras will have a positive impact on our ability to respond rapidly to incidents and to gather information to help solve crimes.

"Our operators are trained to be able to identify potential flare-ups and areas where disorder looks likely to get out of hand. This means we can get patrols to these locations quickly, preventing crimes from occurring or becoming more serious.

"I have no doubt that in many cases the cameras, and our team of operators, have been instrumental in preventing serious assaults and disorder."

The cameras are monitored around the clock - by uniformed Police staff, and a rostered team of 40 volunteers.

The cameras have 360-degree pan capability, operated remotely from the monitoring room, and can operate in extremely low light.

Crime prevention camera signs have been put up in the general areas where the cameras will be located.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences.

Such is the power of the economic orthodoxy that when opposition parties arise – say, in the shape of the Greens – their “credibility” is measured by the extent to which they give the appearance of learning and abiding by the ruling consensus.

The tension between the desire for change – and the inability of the current political framework to deliver it – creates openings for populists of all stripes. It is what has made the emergence of Internet Mana so interesting. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news