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Rotorua residents feeling safer

Rotorua residents are feeling safer despite more personal experiences of crime during the past 12 months.

The community’s feeling of increased safety is outlined in results of an independent ‘Perceptions of Safety’ survey, commissioned by Rotorua District Council (RDC).

The 2010 survey, conducted during April and May, interviewed 400 residents throughout Rotorua District.

RDC Community Policy and Resource Manager, Ann Esler, says people this year feel the CBD is a safer place to be than in 2009, during the day and at night.

“Survey respondents attributed the presence of other people, lighting and security cameras as the main reasons for feeling safe in the CBD.”

Constable Stu Rodway and Constable Karen Boyce maintaining

a high level of visibility around Central Mall, one of the main

shopping centres in Rotorua.
Photo: Rotorua Police Photography Section

Rotorua Area Commander, Inspector Bruce Horne says he’s pleased the community’s perceptions of safety have increased.

“We take the Perceptions of Safety survey seriously, as it provides an important barometer to how our community is feeling.

“In the last survey, people indicated they wanted Police to be more visible in their communities, particularly in the CBD. We’ve worked very hard on this aspect during the past 12 months, so it’s great to see that effort has been acknowledged in the survey.

“It’s also encouraging to see that although the overall level of reported crime increased last year, the public understand one of the major contributors to that increase was an increased focus on policing disorderly behaviour and liquor ban breaches in the CBD.

“Feedback from the public in the last survey sent a clear message that these were issues of concern. Police responded to that feedback and... more people are now reporting they feel safer than last year.”

The Perceptions of Safety Survey is an annual consultation with the Rotorua community to get a snap-shot of how people feel about various local safety issues.

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