Ashburton District Council will seek public feedback on its new CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) policy early next year.
CCTV surveillance, operating in Ashburton's Central Business District (CBD), is a Council-led initiative supported by the Police.
The purpose of the CCTV system is to increase public safety, discourage crime, prevent public disorder, support the Police in evidence gathering, and protect Council assets and infrastructure.
Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante said consultation on the policy was important because the Council needed to know how people felt about the recording, storage and sharing of CCTV footage. "It is something that potentially involves everyone who visits Ashburton's CBD."
The CCTV cameras are monitored at the Ashburton Police Station, with Police-appointed volunteers checking cameras at busier times such as Friday and Saturday nights.
Images recorded by CCTV footage are stored securely and access is only available to authorised personnel. The Council controls the release and deletion of recorded images, with all footage being deleted after 30 days.
Four cameras have recently been added to the CCTV system, alongside a number of cameras already in operation. Cameras are at the following sites:
- The intersection of East and Burnett Streets
- Intersection of East and Tancred Streets
- Two paths to the East Street car park
- Two locations at the East Street toilets, adjacent to the i-Site.
Ms Billante said, "CCTV cameras are not the solution for all safety issues. CCTV systems, alongside other options, are part of a broader community-based approach to address community safety issues."