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Two $20,000 closed-circuit TV cameras capable of tracking troublemakers will be operating in Queenstown’s CBD within weeks. 

The high-tech cameras are additional to the 10 fixed surveillance cameras due to be installed before Winter Festival. 

The tracking cameras, capable of zooming, panning and tilting, will cover streets near The Mall and Fergburger roundabout. 

All 12 cameras will be high-definition and manufactured by German electronics giant Bosch. 

I-C Real Time Security Solutions won the $150,000 Queenstown Lakes District Council contract. 

Council community services general manager Paul Wilson says: “The two additional ones will be able to be controlled from the police station. 

“The others are fixed and basically form a perimeter around the town centre. 

“The council is providing the camera system and effectively handing over the management to the police. 

“Only the police will have access to the images and it will all be in their control.” 

The wireless systems connecting the cameras to the station, which have now been installed, are Motorola. All 12 cameras are in Wellington being colour-matched. 

The 10 cameras came in at $90,000. The additional two take the total to $130,000 and the whole system, with wireless, the three LCD monitors at the station and additional lighting, comes in under the $150,000 budget. 

Wilson says: “It is still on track to be up and running by the start of Winter Fest.” 

Peeing in the fridge 

Queenstown police made several arrests as locals continued partying during the shoulder season weekend. 

An 18-year-old Queenstown man was arrested after allegedly urinating in the fridge of the Camp Street Night ‘n’ Day store on Sunday morning. About $1000 of goods had to be chucked. 

A 42-year-old Queenstown woman was charged with assault with a blunt instrument after allegedly trying to throw a pot plant at a doorman, but hitting another woman in the face, after being denied entry to The Boiler Room bar. 

Expensive bikes stolen 

Two top-of-the-range mountain bikes worth a combined $10,000 have been stolen from a Frankton home. 

The bikes – a six-month-old black and white Scott Gamble, with Bike Fix stickers, and a black GT Fury with red handlebars – were taken sometime on Friday night. 

Senior constable Sean Drader says: “People in the mountain bike fraternity should be able to recognise them. 

“We have the serial numbers of both so it is easy for us to come out and check them.” 

The bikes were among six leaning up against the side of a house on Copper Beach Avenue in Frankton. The thieves came in through the gate and also entered the garage, stealing a full-face helmet, knee pads, gloves and shoes. 

Fuel thieves 

A tanker filled with 500 litres of diesel has been stolen from a worksite near the Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre on Gibbston Highway. 

Drader says: “Some brazen thieves have gone and hooked up the trailer.” 

The trailer – rego D856Z and with silver and blue writing – was taken over the weekend. 

It was cat’s fault 

A 22-year-old Queenstown woman rolled her car on Peninsula Road, Kelvin Heights, after claiming she swerved to avoid a cat. 

The woman gave a positive breath test – 518 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. 

Acting sergeant Phil Bayne says: “She stated that she had swerved to avoid a cat and lost control.”