Community support for CCTV roll out following packed public meeting

Residents of a Kaiapoi subdivision have given a clear indication they would support CCTV cameras in their neighbourhood, at a packed meeting hosted by Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey on Monday.

More than 120 people attended the meeting to hear from representatives from Police, Waimakariri District Council, Neighbourhood Support and Community Patrol, a show of hands signalling resounding support for a camera network.

Doocey said it was heartening to see residents taking control of their neighbourhood and advocating for cameras to support the work of the police.

"There was overwhelming support for the backing of my call to roll out community-led CCTV in the area. 

"If we can get this project off the ground I see no reason why more of Waimakariri couldn't do the same.

"After all, with more cameras on our streets we can not only deter crime, but make it easier to identify and apprehend the criminals after they have offended."

Doocey said it was important to help the police and other organisations charged with keeping our communities safe, and he was impressed that so many people came along to support the proposal.

"Thanks to Wendy Tait, the resident that first approached me, we now have a galvanised community ready to get this project off the ground.

"It's great to see this level of community action, and I hope it inspires other neighbourhoods to follow suit."