Hunting cameras the in-thing for home security
Prudent property owners are taking security into their own hands and buying game cameras traditionally used for hunting.
Marlborough Hunting & Fishing owner Don Hansen said the cameras had been around for at least five years but sales had shot up in the past year.
About 90 per cent of the game cameras sold at the Main St, Blenheim, store were to people who planned on using them for security rather than hunting, Mr Hansen said.
Marlborough Sounds bach owners had been steadily buying the cameras for the past two years while farmers and other rural property owners were using them as a deterrent.
One man had bought a camera to catch his neighbour borrowing items from his garage, Mr Hansen said.
Mud House vineyard manager Nev Gane used a game camera on his vineyard property and ended up with footage of thieves stealing fuel on eight occasions.
The cameras activated when they sensed movement. They could be set to take photos or video at different intervals from up to 25 metres away.
It was an efficient way for people to keep an eye on their property when they weren't around, Mr Hansen said.
He believed more people were using the cameras because of their lower price and better technology.
"For someone at a residential home who may not be too technology-savvy, you can put one of these up in a front tree or up a hedge," he said.
Marlborough crime prevention team member Senior Constable Al Hendrickson said police encouraged rural property owners to invest in extra security.
Cameras and surveillance equipment were worth their weight in gold, he said.
It was worth spending $400 to $500 on security equipment in order to keep valuable items protected and deter would-be thieves. "It keeps people honest," he said. "They don't go into places where they shouldn't be."
Marlborough was still a safe place to live, but people needed to stop being complacent, he said.
- The Marlborough Express