A central Queenstown CCTV camera. Photo by Christina
Having extra eyes in the form of CCTV cameras around
Queenstown's main centre is helping solve and prevent crime.
Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the
resort's CCTV system was ''well utilised'' on New Year's Eve,
when staff watched the cameras for signs of trouble.
''That provided excellent results and we were able to
identify a number of situations that were becoming volatile
... and we were able to deploy staff in a timely fashion
before anything developed further.''
The 12-camera, $150,000 system was installed around the
resort's central business district shortly before the 2012
Winter Festival and since then the network has gained four
Aside from assisting during busy periods such as the festival
and New Year's Eve, the system has been used to identify
vehicles and locate people in central Queenstown.
He had used it to help with vehicle accident investigations
and it was also helpful when people ''simply could not
remember'' details of an incident.
''The majority of people'' now expected there to be cameras
in central areas, he said, and this also acted as a good
Police staff required to watch over prisoners when they are
kept overnight at the station were also tasked with watching
over the CCTV system.
''We'd like to set up a system to man them [the cameras] on a
Thursday, Friday, Saturday [nights],'' Acting Snr Sgt Watt
said, and ''that's something we're investigating''.