Camera installation set to start
The installation of long-awaited CCTV cameras in Balclutha is set to begin next week.
The Clutha District Council announced the installation of the CCTV cameras will begin in Clyde St on Monday.
Clutha District Council communications co-ordinator Rachel Askew said the cameras would be installed to cover key areas on the main street and township.
"Given the investment council has made in the area with the main street upgrade, the council felt installing CCTV cameras was warranted,'' she said.
A budget of $85,000 was approved for the installation of the cameras as part of the second stage of the main street upgrade.
Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan said he was pleased to have seen vandalism on the main street decline since the upgrade but it was becoming standard practice for town centres to have the added protection of CCTV cameras.
Mr Cadogan appreciated the collaboration the council had with local police on the matter.
Clutha-Taieri area response manager Senior Sergeant Alistair Dickie, of Balclutha, said the Balclutha police were pleased about the installation of the surveillance cameras.
Initial monitoring and recording would be established in Balclutha but would be extended to the Southern District Command Centre in Dunedin, where 24-hour monitoring could be achieved.
He said the camera systems would have playback capabilities so any offending or issues identified could be reviewed as part of evidence gathering.
Snr Sgt Dickie said this was an example of the police and community working together to improve safety for those in Balclutha or passing through. Installation is expected to be completed in late July, depending on the weather.