Round the clock camera surveillance proposed for village

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High-tech, 24/7 camera surveillance of central Tamahere is under discussion to tackle the anti-social activities of burnout-pulling boy racers, playground thieves and vandals.

Trouble in the newly-created public heart of Tamahere was highlighted again this week when the Four Square was burgled for the fifth time in four months.

In response to concerns for community safety, the Tamahere Community Committee (TCC) is considering proposals to install CCTV in and about the Tamahere Village, said committee member Charles Fletcher.

The TCC is seeking public input on the plans. Detail and feedback form below.

Security cameras are proposed for central Tamahere
[Photo: Eagan Hsu – UnSplash]

The aim would be to monitor the piazza area where a performance stage is shortly to be constructed, the playground, skatepark and barbecue facilities, the parking areas for the Tamahere Village and Wiremu Tamihana Drive, Fletcher said.

The range of anti social activities had caused “great consternation for many residents over many months,” he said.

“As part of its desire to properly address privacy and policy considerations for the use and operation of CCTV, the Tamahere Community Committee seeks input from the residents of Tamahere regarding the operation of CCTV cameras.”

It was intended the cameras would be active 24/7 and the data collected would not be available publicly. They would be operated in co-operation with the police.

The feedback form is available for download below. It can be filled out and emailed to TCC at tamaherecommunitycommittee16@gmail.com

Submissions should be made by September 24.

The committee also invites residents to call and discuss the issues with its members. Their contact details are here.

The Privacy Commissioner provides a guide to the privacy issues raised by CCTV here.

The guide canvases such matters as:

  • being clear about why information is being collected on people
  • ensuring people know about the cameras and their purpose
  • how the CCTV images will be used
  • whether the images will be disclosed to others, such as police
  • how long the images will be kept
  • how the images will be kept safe and only seen by authorised people
  • who has right of access to the images
  • who the public should contact for inquiries
  • how complaints will be handled
  • when audits and reviews will take place

The Privacy Commissioner advises having the CCTV policy readily available to the public.

“It will help people understand why you have CCTV and how it works. It will also show you have controls and procedures in place for your use of the cameras, which will minimise the concerns that people might otherwise have.”

One thought on “Round the clock camera surveillance proposed for village

  • October 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm
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    You have built it and they have come.

    Anti-social behavior was always destined to come here when you looked to build a destination skatepark in a isolated area.

    This is poor community space planning.

    And now you are asking that rate payers pay for the surveillance.

    Why should Tamahere benefit from this and other communities and businesses in the Waikato District not have also have anti social behavior be considered first.

    Tamahere appears to be receiving a lot of resources for a generally small, affluent and mobile population.

    I would rather my council commit to funding core utilities than increasing rates to cover another desire from wealthy and vocal people.

    If people cant use the park sensible…then take it away.
    Why are you asking those of us who didn’t want it, dont use it, to fund camera’s.

    The camera’s wont work.
    And i dear say…next you will want Council to pay for security guards 24/7.

    You built it…and the anti social behavior came…take it away…and it will stop.

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