Living in Hamilton

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CitySafe initiatives improve safety and reduce crime and many rely on effective partnerships with Police, other agencies, business and community groups. 

Public perception of safety in the city has improved considerably:
  • In 2008 15 percent of residents felt unsafe in Hamilton's Central City area at night
  • In 2010 10 percent of residents felt unsafe in Hamilton's Central City area at night  

CitySafe initiatives

  • Crime Prevention Cameras
  • City Safe Patrol
  • Liquor Ban
  • NightRider Bus
  • Curbing Car Crime
  • Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
  • Contact details

Crime prevention cameras

Council owns and operates 20 closed circuit television (CCTV) placed strategically around the CBD. The cameras are actively monitored by staff who have radio contact with the Police and the CitySafe Patrol team. 

CCTV is a valuable tool in detecting unwelcome behaviour and ensuring a rapid and appropriate response.

City Safe Patrol

Officers patrol the throughout the city every day and act as ambassadors for the city. They are extra 'eyes' and 'ears' on the street. 

Linked to the CCTV operators they observe and report disorder and crime and their presence on the street acts as a deterrent to unwelcome behaviour.  

They also help keep the city clean and tidy by reporting graffiti, lighting problems and property damage.  

Public perception of the CitySafe patrol service to the city was assessed as being excellent in the 2011 Annual Residents Survey. 

For contact details of the Hamilton Police check out the National Police Phonebook.

Nightrider

Council supports the Nightrider late night bus service which runs in and out of the city until the early hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

Taxis struggle to keep up with demand between 2 and 4 am during the weekend so the Nightrider service fills the gap and allows people to get home quickly and safely. 

This service is provided by Environment Waikato so check out the BUSIT! website for more details.

Curbing car crime

Council is working with Police to reduce vehicle crime, which accounts for about 17% of the city's crime. 

Car crime is usually opportunistic - the thief sees something lying in the car that they can sell so they break in, grab it and take off.

If valuable items are left in parked cars the registered owner will be sent a letter reminding them to take valuables out of parked cars or lock them in the boot.

If They See It, They'll Steal It - Six Easy Steps to stay safe:
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Remove valuables and personal possessions
  • Lock bulky items in the boot
  • If you can, remove the stereo or at least the face plate
  • Park in a secure or well lit location
  • Use a steering wheel lock or have an engine immobiliser fitted​

Liquor Ban

Hamilton has had a Central City liquor ban in place since 2003, which was extended in 2005 to be in effect 24 hours, seven days a week. In December 2007 the bylaw was extended again to include the Te Rapa industrial area. 

The 2010 Bylaw introduces a new Hamilton wide liquor ban in all other public places between the hours of 10pm and 6am. This is to address problems experienced in wider parts of Hamilton (not currently included in the liquor ban areas) associated with the negative effects of liquor consumption.

The Public Places Liquor Co​ntrol Bylaw 2010 which came into effect on the 1 September 2010 is designed to:

  • Reduce alcohol-related harm, crime and disorder
  • Provide a safe city environment 

Contact CitySafe for more information on the Hamilton Liquor Ban Policy.​

Anti-social behaviour

Behaviour that is aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person’s quality of life, such as:

  • Street drinking
  • Begging
  • Inappropriate sexual harassment
  • Vehicle related nuisance
  • Intimidation/harassment
  • Vandalism

To report anti-social behaviour phone 0800 SAFE CITY

Crime

A specific act committed in violation of the law and can ultimately prescribe a conviction, such as:

  • Violence
  • Sexual offences
  • Drugs and substance use
  • Theft
  • Property damage
To report a Crime phone the Police on 07 858 6200 or 111 for emergencies
Page reviewed: 28 Jun 2017 11:51am