About the Community CCTV Project
Two cameras have been recording since May last year at the McKenzie Road Intersection: a situation overview camera dome camera, which monitors the entry and exits, and a number plate recognition camera. They are required to make the system work properly. It is one system, one computer – 2 cameras.
There is still some way to go on refining and providing real time access for the Police. There have however been several instances so far where the cameras have assisted the police in apprehending alleged assailants.
The process of setting up the camera and software needed to run it, was complicated but it is now running smoothly. During this installation phase the CCTV Team has built up a positive relationship with the Papakura Business Association (with a number of cameras operating successfully in their area.) Their experience has been helpful to our situation.
At a community meeting to discuss the cameras and any future work needed on the the Project, Community Constable Kevin Smith explained that the camera is definitely a deterrent for offenders. “It makes a huge difference to us as it gives us a lead” he told the audience. He suggested that if we could close off the other entry to Waiau Pa Clarks Beach it would be even more of a deterrent.
With this in mind it is now being considered whether the community would be in favour of raising funds for a second camera. The good news is that technology has improved in the last few years to the extent that the cost of a second camera would be considerably less than the original one.
Clarks Beach Waiau Pa Business Association members are currently looking into the feasibility of a second camera. They will report back to the community in due course.