Security cameras have been installed and are now working at Victory Square.
The joint initiative between the Nelson City Council and Canterbury Community Trust was approved by the council earlier this year.
The intention is to reduce levels of criminal activity and contribute to making people feel safer in their community. The camera began operating on Friday April 10 and its main focus area is Victory Park and the St Vincent Street/Toi Toi Street roundabout.
It has been installed in response to a presentation to the council’s Community Services Committee by Victory Community Centre’s Keep Victory Safe project. The presentation highlighted a residents’ survey which showed respondents felt that the presence of a CCTV would make them feel safer.
The total amount needed to install and operate the camera for three years was $10,264.40, with the council and the trust both contributing towards this.
The chair of the Community Services Committee, councillor Pete Rainey, says this is about creating a better environment for residents and supporting initiatives the community views as important.
“The community have told us this is something that would help them feel safer in the area. It is about listening to and working with the community to help make Nelson an even better place so Council is pleased to be able to be a part of this initiative,” says Pete.
Staff have been working in partnership with the Police to ensure the camera is of maximum benefit to the community. In accordance with Police policy, signs on each entry to the roundabout will be installed to advise the public of the security camera. The camera will be monitored at the District Command Centre at the Nelson Police Station. Only Police employees and persons authorised by the camera officer will be allowed access to the Police monitors while they are in operation. No residential properties are in view of the camera.