Community guides are patrolling the streets of Queenstown
again, supporting police officers.
Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager
Meaghan Miller said the council contracted the guides, who
were security guards from Cougar Security Group, to help
during peak times.
They started patrolling on December 21 and will work until
mid-February. They were usually utilised on weekend nights
and nights such as New Year's Eve, Ms Miller said.
''Their purpose is to support the police and to give service
to people in the CBD.''
Another watching eye is provided by the resort's CCTV system.
Senior Sergeant John Fookes said the cameras' presence was
''Perhaps not everyone likes to think Big Brother is
watching, but if it makes the odd idiot think twice before
doing something they will regret, then it's well worth it.''