Police CCTV cameras all go

BEN STRANG
Last updated 11:33 24/09/2012
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Room with a view: Detective Anna Grant shows off the new CCTV system monitoring Kapiti Lights.

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Eagle eyes: The cameras watch over Kapiti Lights from the roof of the Kapiti Police Station.

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A new CCTV system mounted on the Kapiti Police station will help keep the Kapiti Lights complex safe for people on Friday and Saturday nights.

Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan said four cameras were mounted on the station late last week, watching over the entire Kapiti Lights complex.

The cameras were linked through to a television and laptop in the Kapiti Police Station, and were functioning on Friday morning.

Police have jointly purchased the cameras with the Kapiti Coast District Council as a safety measure, following assaults in the complex which have led to two deaths.

"They're crime prevention cameras," Mr Macmillan said. "At this stage we aren't putting the signage up, because everyone knows we've made it quite clear that we're going to increase it."

Mr Macmillan showed the Kapiti Observer the range which their main camera can view, powerful enough to zoom tight in on the Statue of Mary on the hill above the town.

"If there was someone there, we could tell who it is."

It has 360-degree views, and can be used by police to focus on either the Monteiths or Retro bars, as well as anywhere else in Kapiti Lights.

He said the cameras do not mean police have a "Big Brother" presence at Kapiti Lights, but a focus on preventing crime.

The cameras will not be monitored at all times, but police would look to have staff monitoring them in shifts.

"But the screen here is in the sergeants' office, so while they are working, doing paperwork or whatever, they can glance at the screen and check on what is happening.

"If there is something, they can act. It's all there to make sure people feel safe when they go out."

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