Village retailers have won the fight to get more CCTV cameras in Howick Village.
Howick Local Board has recently granted the Howick Village Business Association (HVBA) funding for the upgrade and installation of new CCTV cameras in Howick Village
HVBA had made previous funding requests in 2016 and 2017 but were unsuccessful.
There have been several criminal incidents in the village which prompted the funding requests including an incident last January where an employee at the Apothecary was grabbed by a man armed with a sharp object.
HVBA, local businesses and NZ Police all recognised the urgent need for increased and technologically upgraded CCTV surveillance in the village.
HBVA manager Jane Newbury says the community can feel confident that they are providing a safe and more secure environment to work and visit.
“The new equipment provides additional footpath, road and automated number plate recognition cameras to cover all’ hot spots’ in the village,” she says.
“This equipment will ensure HVBA are able to assist NZ Police with crucial footage when required for their investigation processes. The aim is to reduce/eliminate criminal and anti-social behaviour in the village.”
Howick Local Board is funding a large portion of the costs.
The new equipment has already provided clear and crucial information for a traffic incident in a HVBA car park on January 11.