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11 February 2016
Ashburton District Council is seeking public feedback, from now until 4 March, on its new CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) policy.
Under the new policy, the police will monitor the district's CCTV cameras. Recorded images will be stored securely, with access only available to authorised staff. All footage will be deleted after 30 days, unless needed for evidence.
The Council's 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" she said.
People are invited to give their feedback on the new policy at ashburtondc.govt.nz/our-council/have-your-say
CCTV surveillance, operating in Ashburton's Central Business District (CBD), is a Council-led initiative supported by the Police. Its purpose is to increase public safety; discourage crime; support the Police in evidence gathering; and protect Council assets and infrastructure.
Four cameras have recently been added to the CCTV system, joining a number of cameras already in operation in popular areas or near Council assets.