Publish date: 08/04/2019

An appeal from police has resulted in Amberley businesses pooling together to fund a community-owned security surveillance system.

Amberley Police, in conjunction with Amberley Lions, Amberley District Residents’ Association, the Amberley Community Chest, Arthur Burke Ltd, Z Energy and a number of other local businesses have managed to secure the necessary $15,000 to fund the first stage of the project which is the second of its kind in the Hurunui District.

Sergeant Robert Irvine of Hurunui Police recently appealed to local businesses to contribute to the project after a spate of burglaries and 4WD thefts in the rural township.

“The aim of the project is to prevent crime so people can feel safe in their homes, on the roads and places of work,” he said.

“It is important for local businesses to contribute as the CCTV cameras are going to benefit them and the community they serve.”

The project will see CCTV cameras installed in Amberley to catch movements north, west and south of the town as well as foot traffic on the main thoroughfares.

The system will be ‘owned’ by Arthur Burke Ltd on behalf of the community. It will have the ability for multiple cameras to be added if and when required and Amberley Police will monitor the cameras, which will have the ability to link to the Crime Camera system in Christchurch.

Sergeant Irvine says the system installer is well regarded and has had great success in reducing crime and road related injuries in smaller communities. A recent CCTV camera system installed in Hanmer Springs has already led to two crimes being solved, he said.

“I am leading the Hurunui Police in helping establish a network of CCTV camera systems in our rural Hurunui towns. Hanmer is up and running; Amberley is next and Culverden, Waikari/Hawarden and Cheviot scoping is in progress.”

Craig Patterson, Director of Amberley based business North Canterbury Vets, was one business operator who contributed to the project. As well as a one-off monetary donation, North Canterbury Vets will be providing a power source for the cameras.

“Everyone has a part to play in creating a safer community,” Craig said. “We have not had an issues with the recent burglaries but we are very aware of the need for security for our staff and our premises.”

Any residents or business owners wishing to contribute to the project can do so via a project-specific bank account. The account number is: 011157 0007897 00. For further information or if the public has any questions around the project, contact Sergeant Robert Irvine at Amberley Police Station on 03 363 5265.