By the end of the month, the central business district in the town of Waimate will be monitored by seven CCTV cameras.
Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley said the initiative, paid for by the Waimate District Council, was a joint effort of local businesses and organisations, police and the council.
The cameras would be installed at the Salvation Army building; the corner Queen and High Sts, where two would be installed; the Regent Theatre; Connect Church; the Waimate Town and Country Club; and Interfreight, in High St, he said.
"We’re pleased to have the support of these businesses and organisations as, without them, this project would have been more difficult to implement.
"Together we’re helping create a safer community and give police another tool to help them fight crime and keep us safe."
Sergeant Kevin Reynolds, of Waimate, said CCTV cameras were an "excellent crime prevention resource" and also made members of the community feel safe.
"They are one of the tools police use to investigate and prevent offences, enabling people to be safe and feel safe."