Success at preventing crime

JARED NICOLL
Last updated 10:17 26/02/2013
David Oddie
Jared Nicoll

Digital watchhouse: Picton officials, from left, Marlborough district councillor David Oddie, Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy fire chief Rod Thomas, senior sergeant Peter Payne of Picton police, Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman, sergeant Kris Payne of Picton police, senior constable Paul McKenzie and council support services manager Dean Heiford at the front of Picton Police Station

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Picton police are praising the town's security camera set-up for discouraging potential crooks.

Senior sergeant Peter Payne met Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy fire chief Rod Thomas, Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman and Marlborough District Council support services manager Dean Heiford at the Picton Police Station yesterday to go over the crime prevention benefits of the town's new CCTV system.

Marlborough District Council leased 10 CCTV cameras from Network Tasman, which also installed them, to cover the town centre, foreshore and skatepark from the start of December.

The cameras will be upgraded at the end of the lease, which runs for five years, at a cost of about $21,000 a year.

The cameras can be monitored from several spots, including the Picton Police Station and the Blenheim Police Station.

Mr Payne said the cameras were useful for deterring criminal activity and giving police the chance to stop crime before it happened. The cameras could also be used to identify offenders.

"They have a wide coverage over the town. They've been a great success with the prevention of offending."

He declined to comment on any specific incidents.

Marlborough District Council support services manager Dean Heiford said it was too early to expect feedback, but businesses had supported the move and allowed the cameras to be installed on their properties.

The cameras use the same underground fibre-optic cable network as the town's free wi-fi service, and are a council, police and community initiative to reduce crime.

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- The Marlborough Express

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