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Keeping People Safe in Napier

Community Safety Diagram

The Community Safety Survey was undertaken in February 2021. It aims to:
  • Identify community perceptions about safety
  • Identify current community safety concerns
  • Determine community awareness of current safety initiatives
  • Identify potential safety improvements
  • Measure community awareness of the Safer Napier programme.
Highlights from the survey:
  • 45% of residents said they feel safe in Napier
  • 44% feel unsafe
  • Older residents (65+) were significantly more likely to feel safe (65%) compared to younger residents aged 18-39 (32%).
  • There is strong support for these safety initiatives:
    • Police patrols/presence – average score of 9.3 out of 10
    • CCTV cameras in public places – 8.9
    • Security patrols in Napier city and Marewa shopping centre – 8.4
    • Napier Community Patrol “meerkat cars” – 7.5
    • Napier Neighbourhood Support – 7.4

Read the full report

Napier City Council focuses on:

Policies and strategies – overarching guidance for a safer community

Regulations – enforcementlevers to improve safety in the community

  • Animal control
  • Alcohol licensing
  • Noise control
  • Graffiti control
  • Environmental health (eg, food licensing)
  • Parking
  • Freedom camping

Civil Defence – resilience and connections for collective preparedness

  • Readiness, response, recovery
  • NCC staff trained to mobilise for response
  • Evacuation awareness
  • Signage
  • Research
  • Community connections

Infrastructure - tools and structures to improve community safety

  • CCTV camera network
  • Street management patrols
  • Community spaces (eg. parks and reserves, playgrounds, community centres, outdoor facilities)
  • Evacuation routes and points 

Places and spaces – encouraging more use of our public areas

  • Activations (busy places are safer places) 
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) - using design principles to make places safer

Roading and pathways – safer places for all road and pathway users

  • Engineering for safety (eg, school zones, dedicated cycleways and pathways, traffic calming)
  • Speed limits
  • Tactical urbanism (testing changes to the built environment)

Supporting community-led - funding and supporting community groups and innovative ideas

  • Napier Community Patrols 
  • Napier Safety Trust (existing CCTV network)
  • Street Management (patrols) 
  • Napier Neighbourhood Support 
  • Surf Lifesaving New Zealand 
  • Community pride projects (eg. art, murals, clean up days, community gardens) 
  • Events (eg, alcohol free, rangatahi/youth, holiday programmes) 
  • Strengthening whānau and youth projects

Collaboration and partnerships – Working and linking with others

  • Forums (eg, Community Network, Napier Disability Advisory Group, Hawke’s Bay Settlement Forum, Housing Coalition, Joint Alcohol Strategy Reference Group)
  • Safer Napier (43 partner agencies with oversight from the Safer Napier Strategic Group)
  • Collaboration with government agencies, community organisations, neighbourhoods (eg, residents associations, business associations) and communities

Safe Neighbourhoods

Safe Public Places

Safe Roads

Resilient Communities

  • Shake Out and Tsunami Hikoi evacuation awareness
  • Hill Hosts (a community-led initiative planning for mass evacuation to Mataruahau/Napier Hill)
  • LIFT Hawke’s Bay (rangatahi/youth social enterprise)
  • DiverCity (celebrating cultural diversity)
  • POD/Domynis Gym
  • Outreach Service
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