New Zealanders can’t afford to buy the fancy security cameras they see around their city centres, but that’s where a growing number of cheaper, faster security cameras have come into use.
New Zealand’s Smart Security camera network is offering its own price and speed of service for about $100.
The company, which has been running since March, has about 400 cameras installed in homes in the city of Wellington and in some towns.
The service is run by a group of volunteers who volunteer to work from home, using cameras from their homes to help customers with security.
In a press release issued this week, the company said it was seeing an increase in demand for its cameras as more people go online to buy them.
But, according to Smart Security, the cameras are being used less frequently than they were a few years ago.
“We do not have a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ demand, but a broad range of customers have found the service to be valuable, convenient and affordable,” the company’s director of business development, Richard Smith, said in the release.
Smith said the company has found that “people need to use the camera for one thing or another, such as security or a routine visit to a property.”
The company offers its service for free, and will only charge $100 to install a camera.
If a customer is in a low-income area, that could be a barrier to the service, but Smith said he had not seen any customers that were turning to it because of that.
The city of Auckland is also taking a page from Smart Security’s book.
Smart Security has been providing security cameras to its customers in Auckland since March 2016.
But the company is not the only one in the country offering its services.
New South Wales is also offering its customers a cheap way to get security cameras in their own homes.
“When we first started offering security cameras, we saw a lot of interest,” said New South Welsh Police Commissioner Peter Jackson.
“People wanted to know, ‘Can we install these cameras for free?’ and the answer was, ‘Absolutely.'”
Jackson said the cameras were cheaper than those from the police department and the City of Brisbane.
He said that for those who want security cameras that are easy to install, but can be used for other purposes, the service is worth a try.
“There are some cameras out there that you can just install and it’s free,” he said.
“But I think there are a lot that are worth paying a little more to get.”
Smart Security is currently running a trial in Auckland, but said it plans to expand its service in the future.