Installation of CCTV explored for Feilding CBD to address security concerns

Feilding is known for its charm and elegance, but recent burglaries have worried business owners.

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Feilding is known for its charm and elegance, but recent burglaries have worried business owners.

Amid a spate of burglaries, business owners have called for a dedicated taskforce to beef up security in Feilding’s central business district.

The idea to launch the committee was floated during a meeting held by Feilding and District Promotion (FDP) on Monday evening.

The committee’s role would be to help bring closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, increased patrols, well-lit streets and better parking arrangements to the CBD.

With stores often targeted by thieves, business owners said a new video monitoring system would be a valuable tool for tracking people and vehicles after a crime.

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FDP security portfolio leader Jennie Alexander said the task force would focus on priorities such as CCTV and its funding.

“It was great to have the stakeholders and businesses interested in CBD safety to come and have their say [during the Monday meeting].

“It’s amazing to have some businesses and police putting their hand up to be part of the group.”

Manawatū District Council Mayor Helen Worboys addresses the gathering of business owners at a CBD safety review meeting organized by Feilding and District Promotion at the Feilding Civic Centre.

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Manawatū District Council Mayor Helen Worboys addresses the gathering of business owners at a CBD safety review meeting organized by Feilding and District Promotion at the Feilding Civic Centre.

Manawatū District Mayor Helen Worboys attended the meeting and said the CBD needed high-quality, high-definition cameras at key points and intersections.

“It’s not just about having cameras. It’s to make sure we install high-powered cameras.”

Worboys said businesses should ensure their contact information with Feilding and District Promotion is up to date.

“Safety is a package of things that everyone has to be a part of.”

Police representatives speak to business owners during a meeting at Feilding Civic Centre.

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Police representatives speak to business owners during a meeting at Feilding Civic Centre.

Delish Cafe owner Murray Lyons said foot patrols would give police a better chance of seeing a crime taking place, rather than driving a police car.

“Both the police and community patrol members do a wonderful job in Feilding.

“But the police can go out and do the rounds of local retailers to get an update on their concerns. It’s also a good opportunity to talk to locals who are in the town centre.”

About half a dozen businessmen and police officers had expressed their desire to be part of the committee.

They would be responsible for securing the funding and assessing the feasibility of implementing the proposed security measures.

In July, Stuff reported that at least five businesses and one homeowner were robbed over the weekend and the common feeling was that the police were under-resourced.

Feilding and District Promotion had previously explored opportunities to install CCTV in the CBD, but these projects were stalled due to cost constraints and privacy concerns.

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