Better investment in strategy for cameras and lighting needed for Central Auckland

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Following several recent incidents in Central Auckland, Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, facilitated a meeting today with representatives from the Local Board, New Zealand Police, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council staff, Auckland University Students Association and the New Zealand Chinese Students Association.

“This meeting was to discuss ways that we can make Central Auckland safer, says Ms Kaye.

“There was a good discussion between everyone who attended, and we have agreed on a way forward.

“Since the incidents, some people have made comments regarding police numbers. I understand there has been an increase in police numbers and general police resourcing in both the wider Auckland City and Central areas, and this was confirmed today.

“From our discussions, it was agreed that a report will be commissioned by the Local Board, focusing on additional investment in other solutions, including cameras and lighting in Albert Park.

“The Board will work with the Police, Auckland Transport and the Student Associations. They will then present a report to Council for consideration.

“The engagement of students in this issue has been positive, and I congratulate them for taking the initiative to secure better safety resources for students and others in Auckland.

“I have committed to ongoing work with the Student Associations, especially on the safety information provided to international students, and other support available to them. We will also work with Auckland Transport to ensure that transport connections in the central city are a safety focus.

“I am aware that there will be an event tonight in Albert Park. It will be positive that this update can then be given to students. At the meeting we did have an update from the Local Board and Council where they confirmed that investment in Albert Park has happened over the last few years.

“I’m pleased that we’re making progress, and I look forward to working with all groups involved on this issue.”

Police foot patrols in Auckland City up by 189%

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There were more than 10,300 police foot patrols in the Auckland City Police District in 2013 – up from 3,580 in 2011.

Police are continuing to increase their focus on crime prevention.  Part of their approach to building safer communities means using police resources better, so police can spend less time behind a desk, and more time out in their neighbourhoods.

All frontline officers now have smartphones, and most have tablets, which gives them an extra 30 minutes a shift out in their communities to focus on preventing crime.

Our local Police do a fantastic job and it’s great to see more of them out and about in Auckland Central.

Delivering better public services is one of National’s four priorities, and  Police are well on track to meet our Better Public Service targets of reducing the crime rate by 15 per cent, and the reoffending rate by 25 per cent by 2017.

The Prevention First Strategy, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, and the huge increase in foot patrols are showing results – recorded crime is at the lowest level in 33 years.