Costs prohibitive in Riverton camera plan
Security cameras are one of the options being investigated by the Southland District Council to help solve crime in Riverton.
Southland District Council area manager Greg Erskine said he had looked into the costs of installing CCTV surveillance cameras in the Riverton shopping area on behalf of the Riverton/Aparima Community Board.
One system considered was installing encased cameras on poles or buildings but the estimated cost of $15,000 and $25,000 was deemed too expensive.
The community board would only agree if the price was right and Mr Erskine was investigating other options, he said.
Senior Constable Kelvin Templeton said police had first raised the idea of surveillance in Riverton about 18 months ago.
Cameras were not required because of an increase of illegal behaviour or vandalism in the town, but the system would be helpful for police inquiries, he said. "It's good for us because it's a deterrent and it's a good investigative tool for us, so we'd be supportive of it."
CCTV systems used in Winton and Invercargill were good examples of what Riverton could have, but police were not in discussion with the community board or council about the idea, he said.
Riverton/Aparima Community Board chairman Blair Stewart said the board had inquired into CCTV costs to help stop unwelcome behaviour in the township.
He did not personally believe cameras were necessary in the town, and said he would have a better idea what other options were available after the community board meeting last night.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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