Clevedon self-funds CCTV upgrades
A security technology upgrade is required to make Clevedon a safer place, and local resident Dan Thompson has stepped forward and made it happen.
A recent incident in Clevedon village, where two high school children were robbed at gunpoint, highlighted the need for better surveillance tools.
Current video surveillance technology in Clevedon Village is outdated, cumbersome to access and does not have the facility to recognise vehicle registration plates.
Dan Thompson says that a recent upswing in crime suggested that Clevedon would benefit from a new digital system that is more readily accessible by the Police and incorporates new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.
“Beachlands, Whitford and Papakura are currently using this system and Kawakawa Bay is also in the process of implementing. I thought we should play our part to close the loop,” says Dan.
Dan worked alongside Police and the Clevedon Community and Business Association (CCBA) to identify the best system for the community, then canvassed local businesses to raise the $25,000 required to install a system which can be accessed by the Police in real time.
Within a week he received enough pledges from the community to fund the new cameras.
“It’s hard times out there with the cost of living but our local community has been extremely generous and we’ve raised enough to fund the cameras and ongoing maintenance and operational costs.”
Clevedon Community and Business Association Chair Victoria Richards
says that Dan has done “incredible work” identifying the new system required, and raising the money needed.
“A huge thanks to Dan for all his efforts. We need more ‘doers’ like him stepping up to help our community!” says Victoria
Both Dan and the Clevedon Community and Business Association would like to thank the generous businesses and residents who have pledged donations to the new surveillance technology, a list of these donors is on the new Clevedon.co.nz
“If there are others out there who would like to donate, we would love to hear from you,” enthuses Victoria. “We have aspirations to extend the camera system as well as a long list of other community projects that we need to self fund. Drop us a message via our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.”The MacCallum Residence, Clevedon Coast Oysters, EcoStock, Todd Wheeler Transport, Hallertau Clevedon, Vetmed, Clevedon Woolshed, Clevedon Village Medical Centre, Wayne & Melanie Kennerley on behalf of the local Z Clevedon, Staff Checks, Hololio, Clevedon Village Pharmacy, Zealandia Horticulture Ltd, Southside Group, Richards Family, Sherker Holdings Ltd, Pohutukawa Coast Times, Clevedon Village Farmers Market, Acorns, Brenda & David Banks, the Richards Family, Keith and Lisa Smith (and those who asked to remain anonymous).
Clevedon Community and Business Association