More CCTV cameras to be installed in notorious assault area near Victoria Uni
Students' fears will be alleviated when more CCTV cameras are installed along a notoriously dangerous Wellington pathway, but more work needs done, a student leader says.
The cameras will be installed by Wellington City Council at the top of the stairs on the Boyd Wilson Field to the Terrace Walkway.
The camera will connect with the already existing CCTV system operated out of Victoria University, meaning the whole area will be continuously monitored.
Last month a woman was assaulted on the path, which has been the site of everal attacks in the past.
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The pathway was dubbed "Rape Alley" by some university students in 2014 following a series of attacks. Better lighting and security cameras were installed along part of it as a result.
Victoria University Student Association president Rory Lenihan-Ikin welcomed the swift action to install more cameras and said the 24-hour surveillance would make a huge difference to the students who use the walkway every day.
But the area was also rundown and dingy and needed a complete redevelopment, he said.
"Good progress is being made but we would like to see more work done. This is a popular access way to the university that is used by hundreds of students every day. In the medium term it is due for a major remodel to reflect the high level of footfall."
Lenihan-Ikin said he would like to see the paths completely redone and shrubbery cleared to open up the space.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said incidents in the well-known dangerous area were happening too frequently.
He pledged during his mayoral campaign last year to further upgrade laneways and improve street lighting, and said the new camera would be the first in a series of safety initiatives in the area.
Those initiatives would include increasing the frequency of maintenance in the area, and more frequent rubbish collection.
"I am committed to keeping the streets of Wellington safe. This is an area used frequently by university students and we want to make sure they have safe pathways into town."
Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said the council and the university had worked well to make the area safer by installing improved lighting and cameras and cutting back bushes and trees.
Police continued to investigate last month's assault and want to hear from any person with information or anyone who could assist with identifying the offender.