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CCTV cameras installed at site of Kapiti deaths

Sep 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

FOUR  CCTV cameras linked to the Kapiti police station were installed at Paraparaumu’s  Kapiti Lights complex today .

Police and the Kapiti Coast District Council decided on Tuesday to install the cameras, following two deaths in five weeks.

This is one measure being taken to counter early morning brawls in the complex carpark which led to the two deaths.

A candlelight vigil is to be staged in the carpark tomorrow night.

The four cameras cover the alleyway between the police station, pictured, and the carpark, below, both entrances to the carpark, and the carpark in general, Senior Sergeant Alistair McMillan of Kapiti police says.

“We will have access to footage as well as having live coverage, so we can review the tapes,” says Mr McMillan.

“There was great assistance from the council who paid for one camera, and the installation of one camera.”

A plan to get spotlights on the roof of the station may not be necessary if higher powered bulbs are installed in existing lights in the carpark.

Mr McMillan says he received advice from an electrical engineer that the current bulbs are low intensity.

“We were intending to put the spotlights in, but there may be no need,” he says. “We’ll see how it goes.”

The owners of Monteith’s Kapiti Junction Bar have also installed additional lighting on the north side entrance to the bar, he says.

Previously CCTV cameras had covered the subway between Coastlands and the Paraparaumu railway station, around the library and the permanent council offices, says Constable Chris Saunders.

These CCTV cameras are linked to a TV in the station which gives a real-time view of what is happening and any potential problems, but after the event police need to get review tapes from the council.

“We have no immediate access to the tapes,” Mr Saunders says. “They are held by the council.”

On Tuesday Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan called for a community response to the issue of teenage drinking and violence, particularly in the complex’s car park.

Councillor K. Gurunathan, who is organising the vigil in the carpark at 7.30pm, says the private ownership has previously complicated increased CCTV and lighting.

“[It has] slowed down any immediate regulatory action by the Kapiti Coast District Council,” he says.

Earlier this month Manawanui Stewart of Titahi Bay was charged with the manslaughter of Izak Millanta, while Tristim Stewart of Porirua appeared in the Porirua District Court on Monday charged with murdering Sean Strongman-Lintern.

Both men were remanded in custody without plea.


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  1. Good article glad they acting but shame 2 lives were lost before they acted.

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