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Titahi Bay Community Safety Audit

We are inviting people to give feedback about how to improve safety at Titahi Bay Beach, as well as take part in a community safety audit.

What we are working on in the Bay and how you can give feedback

We are currently working on two key projects concerning the overall safety at Titahi Bay Beach and there’s a few ways that the community can be involved and give us feedback.

Cars on the beach

As part of our Transport Bylaw Review we are asking the community to comment on whether the rules around cars on the beach should be changed. This is a formal submission process and through this you are also able to speak to the Council in person and give feedback. You can find out more about this here.

Community Safety Audit

We are doing an audit at the North and South ends of the beach which looks at identifying any other safety issues, and how these could be improved through environmental design. We will be doing this in collaboration with the community. Our in scope area are outlined in the map below.

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We are using the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) model to do this audit.

What is CPTED?

CPTED is a crime prevention philosophy based on proper design and effective use of the built environment leading to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, as well as an improvement in quality of life. CPTED reduces criminal opportunity and fosters positive social interaction among legitimate users of space. The emphasis is on prevention rather than apprehension and punishment. While crime occurs for many different reasons and cannot be prevented by well-designed places alone, CPTED is an important tool with proven benefits. To be most effective, CPTED needs to be part of a broader crime prevention strategy that incorporates social, environmental and community development strategies.

There are four key overlapping CPTED principles. They are:

  1. Surveillance – people are present and can see what is going on.
  2. Access management – methods are used to attract people and vehicles to some and restrict them from others.
  3. Territorial reinforcement – clear boundaries encourage community ‘ownership’ of the space.
  4. Quality environments – good quality, well maintained places attract people and support surveillance.

CPTED uses 7 qualities to characterise well designed, safer places. They are:

Access: Safe movement and connections

Places with well-defined routes, spaces and entrances that provide for convenient and safe movement without compromising security.

Surveillance and sightlines: See and be seen

Places where all publicly accessible spaces are overlooked, and clear sightlines and good lighting provide maximum visibility.

Layout: Clear and logical orientation

Places laid out to discourage crime, enhance perception of safety and help orientation and way-finding.

Activity mix: Eyes on the street

Places where the level of human activity is appropriate to the location and creates a reduced risk of crime and a sense of safety at all times by promoting a compatible mix of uses and increased use of public spaces.

Sense of ownership: Showing a space is cared for

Places that promote a sense of ownership, respect, territorial responsibility and community.

Quality environments: Well designed, managed and maintained environments

Places that provide a quality environment and are designed with management and maintenance in mind to discourage crime and promote community safety in the present and the future.

Be part of the audit or have a chat to the team about any safety concerns

We want to talk to the community about what their concerns are as well as invite people to be part of undertaking the audit alongside Council staff. The survey date is currently schedule for Saturday 30 October (weather dependent). There will be a briefing, followed by a survey during the day, and one at dusk. We are looking for about 10-15 community members to be part of this audit which will be done at the North and South ends of the beach.

Time frames

We will be completing our audit and Transport Bylaw Review by the end of 2021. Check out the key dates below, which include dates for our audit and our consultation about cars on the beach.

When What
13 September – 7 October Environmental scan and intelligence gathering (including crime statistics) to further understand existing issues.
11 October Formal consultation opens for Transport Bylaw
18 October – 1 November 2021 Community conversations about safety concerns
30 October (or 6 November as a wet weather alternative) Audit conducted – day and night-time (i.e. 2pm and 7.30pm) reporting with agreed survey takers
8 – 11 November Review findings
14 November Formal consultation closes on Transport Bylaw
25 November Hearings on Transport Bylaw
2 December Te Puna Korero - Deliberations on Transport Bylaw
Te Puna Korero - Presentation of findings of safety audit and recommended next steps
16 December Adoption of Transport Bylaw
16 December Update to community on key decisions made, refresh of website with an update on any planned actions and timelines

If you’d like to talk to us and/or be involved in the audit, please get in touch with Mia Matheson at mia.matheson@poriruacity.govt.nz