Crime in Warkworth may have been reduced following the installation of 12 new security cameras around the town.
Last year Insite Security collaborated with local businesses to install the cameras after a number of vandalism incidents.
Insite Security director Chris Martin says this activity has now disappeared in areas where the cameras have been installed, specifically around the Mahurangi River where the Jane Gifford is docked.
“I think the cameras have definitely been a deterrent, especially for local criminals who know the coverage we now have,” Chris says.
Chris says the quality of the new camera footage is a lot better than it used to be when the township had its first CCTV installed more than 12 years ago.
He says this has led to a reduction in burglar alarms being installed and an increase in cameras, with an extra three put in around the Omaha area recently, to bring its total up to five.
The cameras in Warkworth have also been used to resolve traffic accidents for insurance claims.