Guides back on streets

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 reassuring.

''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.''