Police cite CCTV success

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 11:10 03/09/2012

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Queenstown police say the early morning arrest of a man for throwing a sign on to one of the main streets of the resort as another victory for the town's newly installed CCTV system.

Constable Dan Andrew said the man had stripped a sign from a shop gate and thrown it on to Shotover St at 4.30 this morning. His actions were seen by an officer at Queenstown's police station who was monitoring CCTV cameras dotted around the resort's central business area, and the man was promptly arrested.

''It is another victory for the town's CCTV system,'' Mr Andrews said.

The man was arrested, then released with a pre-charge warning.

While Queenstown has had its usual rash of alcohol-related crimes this winter, burglaries have been scarce, but a opportunistic burglary on Sunday morning was a reminder for people to take home security seriously, Mr Andrew said.

Residents of a Frankton Rd property returned at 3am from a night out to find a macbook pro laptop computer and $400 had been taken from the lounge room, Mr Andrew said.

The doors to the residence had been left unlocked.

''The majority of burglaries are opportunistic, and this is a reminder for people to to lock their houses and cars when they can,'' Mr Andrew said.

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