25 police cameras for Queenstown, Wanaka

  • 21/07/2015

By 3 News online staff

Police have been given access to dozens of security cameras in Queenstown and Wanaka to improve their surveillance capabilities.

Eighteen CCTV cameras have now been linked to police systems in Queenstown, along with seven in Wanaka, the Otago Daily Times reports.

District prevention manager Inspector Mike McIlraith told the paper the cameras would give locals some "additional reassurance".

"If required, police can look at the footage that's available," he said.

Twenty-seven cameras are already set-up in Dunedin and the entire regional system can be monitored 24 hours a day. However, police say the extra feeds will not be watched at all times and will primarily be used as a way to record footage for investigations.

The clips may be kept for as long as 30 days and many of the cameras are already operated by local councils.

Police hope to extend their capabilities to Gore and Invercargill in the coming months.

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