A temporary security camera will be installed at Lake Ōkareka boat ramp as a deterrent after recent gang activity in the area.
Lake users made a hasty retreat from the area on Sunday afternoon after rival gangs clashed at the boat ramp, resulting in a shot being fired from a firearm into the air.
Police have confirmed they were called to a firearms incident at the lake and were making inquiries. They said they were yet to determine if the incident was gang-related.
Members of the Ōkareka community in the area at the time told the Rotorua Daily Post it appeared two groups from opposing gangs had been having a verbal stoush before the shot was fired.
The incident has sparked calls to extend the CCTV security camera network, which was installed last year as a result of a partnership between the Lake Ōkareka Community Association and the Rotorua Lakes Council. The cameras are monitored by council staff.
The association raised $50,000 to go towards two cameras at either entrance to the area and enables monitoring of all vehicles going to and from Ōkareka.
Council operations group manager Jocelyn Mikaere said in response to questions that the council took community safety seriously and it was important residents and visitors were safe when spending time at lakes and recreation areas in Rotorua.
"Council currently has two permanent CCTV cameras installed in Ōkareka. There are no current plans to add more."
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However, she said a temporary CCTV camera would be installed at the Acacia Rd boat ramp in the next fortnight to monitor use of the boat ramp for the next month.
"This could also be used to monitor other activities during this time," Mikaere said.
Lake Ōkareka Community Association chairwoman Kim Lorigan said she was pleased the council was being proactive and able to install another camera at short notice.
"However, it would be better to see a permanent camera being installed as bad behaviour is likely to occur after the temporary camera is removed."
She said the boat ramp camera spot was identified when the association first worked on the project and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, which she said would also benefit from coverage, was also asked to be a participant in the project, but at the time declined.
"We will be talking to our community about the continued crime wave that is evident and increasing, and seeking preventative and safe solutions."
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council declined to comment.