Police report lower crime rate in CBD
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.
’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.’’