Community Partner Safety Agencies
Napier City Council recognises the vital role community agencies and groups play in increasing safety in Napier. We provide funding to the below groups to ensure these services are able to carry out this important work.
Napier Community Patrol
Napier Community Patrol is organised and run by volunteers who patrol Napier City in the effort to prevent crime. There are six patrol cars and approximately 240 volunteers, one of the largest and most successful in New Zealand. Specific patrols take place throughout the area, around identified hotspots and at events such as the Mission Concert, Christmas in the Park and large sporting events.
Napier Community Patrol works with Police to provide an extra presence - eyes and ears out on the street. Napier Community Patrol are credited with helping to lower rates of unlawful takings, thefts from cars and commercial burglaries in Napier.
+64 6 844 6007 or 021 929098
Napier Neighbourhood Support Incorporated
Napier Neighbourhood Support Incorporated is a voluntary body that oversees Neighbourhood Support in Napier. It has been operating since 1987 making it the oldest such organisation in New Zealand.
Neighbourhood Support is an opportunity for neighbours to work together, with each other, their contact people, field officers, Police, Civil Defence and other community organisations.The groups enhance community safety and well-being.
In Napier 48% of households are members of a Neighbourhood Support Group, 10,443 members (as at Dec 2016). This is one of the highest proportions in New Zealand. The high proportion of households involved and the established networks mean it is a very effective way of disseminating information including quarterly newsletter and crime alerts. Statistics show that there is less crime reported in areas that have Neighbourhood Support Groups.
+64 6 842 0259
Napier Safety Trust is a Charitable Trust that manages 16 web based CCTV cameras. These are located in public places throughout Napier including; Hastings Street, Marine Parade, Upper Emerson Street, Clive Square, Maraenui and Marewa shops, and West Quay, Ahuriri. The cameras are monitored by volunteers and act as a deterrent as well as provide immediate detection of criminal offences and evidence for prosecutions.
During 2016, 21 arrests were made that were directly attributable to the CCTV cameras. A further 29 incidents Police attended and gave warnings. The cameras also prove to be a deterrent to graffiti, vandalism and theft from cars.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Surf Life Saving New Zealand provides beach patrols at Westshore Beach and Waipatiki Beach during the summer months (see Water Safe Napier pamphlet for times).
Surf Life Saving New Zealand also provide beach patrols at Marine Parade. Please note that the beach along Marine Parade can at times be dangerous. There is a large drop-off close to the shoreline and it becomes deep quickly. Caution is required at all times. Only swim between the flags and only when the flags are up.
Keeping safe in the water – top tips
- Never swim or surf alone
- Listen to the advice from lifeguards
- Swim between the flags
- Always have an adult watch over children
- Know your limits and if in doubt stay out
- If you see someone in trouble call 111 and report it to the Police.
Our policy is to remove graffiti on Council owned property within 48 hours. All reported graffiti on Council facilities is logged so we can identify and respond to hot spots and assist Police to prosecute offenders.
Please report graffiti on Council owned property by calling +64 6 835 7579.
Graffiti vandalism or tagging is a community problem. Overseas studies have shown that if unaddressed graffiti creates an environment where other, more serious crimes such as burglary and assault may take hold.
Resene donates good condition paint and grey waterborne paint collected through the Resene PaintWise service to not-for-profit organisations and schools. This paint is ideal for covering tagging. An application form is available online at the Resene website.
Painting murals on public walls is a proven way to deter graffiti.
'Hands Up for Hawke’s Bay’, Awatoto Mural 2011 (pictured right) was a joint project between local businesses, Council, Police and community members in response to continued graffiti and vandalism. The mural depicts local landscape icons with hand prints, which are a symbol of local ownership and support.