Po­lice re­port lower crime rate in CBD

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The per­cep­tion that Porirua’s city cen­tre is un­safe is starkly dif­fer­ent from the re­al­ity, po­lice say.

Se­nior po­lice staff up­dated Porirua City Coun­cil’s Te Komiti on April 8 on work be­ing done on its city cen­tre crime pre­ven­tion project.

Sergeant Jonathan Westrupp said po­lice ef­forts were go­ing some way to boost- ing the de­sire for the CBD to be ‘‘some­where spe­cial’’.

‘‘The ini­tia­tives we’ve put to­gether are low­er­ing crime, in­creas­ing the public per­cep­tion of safety and boost­ing the pos­i­tiv­ity around here,’’ he said.

The ar­eas po­lice have con­cen­trated on are tru­ancy, mak­ing the CBD a pos­i­tive place by part­ner­ing with the city coun­cil and Ngati Toa, work­ing closely with the Com­mu­nity Guardians, sup­port­ing the high num­ber of mi­grant and Asian work­ers in the city cen­tre, get­ting a Pasi­fika com­mu­nity pa­trol started and pre­vent­ing shoplift­ing by talk­ing with shop own­ers and su­per­mar­kets.

Deputy mayor

’Ana Cof­fey asked whether the re­moval of the canopies had made a dif­fer­ence to crime.

Westrupp said po­lice were at­tend­ing fewer in­ci­dents and re­tail­ers had told po­lice there was a good feel­ing in the CBD.

He said loi­ter­ing young peo­ple were still the ma­jor con­cern.

‘‘But the num­ber of them hang­ing around is very low.’’

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