Quarter of Aucklanders feel unsafe in city at night

Last updated 16:22 26/07/2012
Auckland
John Bisset/ FAIRFAX NZ
CITY AT NIGHT: Almost a quarter of Aucklanders say they feel unsafe in the central city at night.

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Almost a quarter of Aucklanders feel unsafe in the central city after dark, but 85 per cent feel safe in their neighbourhood, a council survey has shown.

Auckland Council's Public Perceptions of Safety Survey, carried out in November last year, was designed to give the council an idea of how safe Aucklanders feel in their community. It is the first time such a survey has been undertaken in the city.
 
Results showed that 85 per cent see the neighbourhood they live in as safe and 81 per cent see the region as a whole as a safe place.
Results differ for the central city. While only 5 per cent of people feel unsafe in the city centre during the day, this rose to 24 per cent after dark.

Takapuna is seen as the safest area with 98 per cent of people believing it to be safe during the day and 92 per cent at night.

Eighty-nine per cent of people see Henderson Town Centre as safe during the day while 92 per cent people feel safe in Manukau City Centre.  After dark these numbers drop to 80 per cent and 81 per cent respectively.

Of the Local Board areas, Great Barrier Island, Waiheke and Hibiscus and Bays were seen as the safest.

Residents in the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board feel the least safe with 35 per cent perceiving the area as unsafe.

Mayor Len Brown said the results were ''outstanding'' but also showed areas ''where we can make some real and lasting improvements''.
 
"One of these is the perception of how safe some areas are after dark. Our community safety team will be working with our partners, such as the police to ensure we improve safety after dark right across Auckland."
 
The results of the survey will be tabled at the Community Safety Forum next Tuesday.

Forum chairman councillor George Wood said report would allow council to make informed decisions about what areas needed more work to improve safety.

The council and police already work together on a number of community safety programmes including forming neighbourhood safety plans, responding to the needs of marginalised populations and at risk groups, responding to anti-social behaviour, and graffiti eradication, enforcement and education.
 
Assistant police Commissioner Allan Boreham said surveys such as this were ''invaluable''.
 
"The consistent reduction in emergency calls for service and reported crime across Auckland tell us our city is safer but we also need to know whether that is translating to people feeling safer.
 
"Overall the results are very good and confirm our joint safety programmes are making a big difference in people's lives."

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