Part 1: Introduction, Installation and ownership, and Consultation

Part 1: Introduction, Installation and ownership, and Consultation


The objective of installing the cameras is to reduce the incidence of crime and disorder, so members of the community feel safe when visiting the public areas covered by the cameras.

This policy applies to crime prevention cameras installed at fixed sites in public places for a general crime prevention purpose and operated in conjunction with police. It also applies to significant expansions of existing crime prevention camera systems and to trials of new systems.

Crime prevention cameras are not used to maintain surveillance on individuals or groups - they are to prevent and detect criminal offences in identified high crime areas. Cameras are used for the deterrence or immediate detection of criminal offences and must be operated in a manner that complies with the Privacy Act 1993 and this policy. 

Note: Guidelines for operating crime prevention cameras in residential areas are available on the Neighbourhood Support internet site.

Installation and ownership

Police may support local authorities and other groups wanting to install CCTV (closed circuit television cameras) in public places for crime prevention purposes.

The camera system will normally be owned by the local authority or other group and will normally be monitored by police or in conjunction with police.


Prior to any installation, the community must be consulted to ensure any concerns about the proposal are identified and resolved. Special attention must be given to the appropriate operation of the cameras, the privacy of individuals going about their lawful activities, and the establishment of a clear audit and review process.