By ROBYN BRISTOW
Amberley’s main thoroughfare is coming under scrutiny. Security cameras are being installed to improve security in a bid to cut crime.
More than $15,000 has been raised so far for the first stage, with several cameras installed last weekend along with equipment allowing them to be monitored both at the Amberley Police Station and Christchurch Central.
The Amberley and District Lions Club has agreed to pay half the cost of the project, up to $10,000.
Donations are helping to ensure the project can provide good coverage, with the Amberley District Residents’ Association donating $5000 and the Community Chest $3000.
Sergeant Rob Irvine says there have been several other smaller contributions to the project, which local businesses are supporting.
Cameras will be installed to catch vehicle movements both north, west and south of the town, as well as foot traffic on main thoroughfares.
Arthur Burke Ltd will “own” the system on behalf of the community, and donations can be made to a designated account – 01 2257 00789700.
Lions president James Drewery says member Andrew McWhannell raised the idea with the Lions and arranged for a police visit to the club to outline how it could help.
“After several round-table discussions the club made the pledge to support half the cost up to $10,000, and then stepped back.”
The system allows for multiple cameras to be added if required.
Sergeant Irvine says the installer is well regarded and has had great success in reducing crime and road-related injuries in smaller communities. A system in Hanmer Springs has already led to two crimes being solved.
Hurunui police are keen to see similar systems installed throughout the district to keep communities and roads safe, Sergeant Irvine says.