17 Apr 2015

New campaign on Wgtn car break-ins

3:51 pm on 17 April 2015

A new campaign on car break-ins in Wellington will target young people.

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Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

The city council and the police are working together on the campaign, concerned by a rise of thefts from council car-park buildings.

Wellington's City Council will also help car park owners improve security through auditing their buildings.

The police have identified a rise in car break-ins at central city car parks and is working with the council to ensure Wellingtonians feel safe when parking, especially at night, as they are concerned by a rise of thefts from car parks.

The council's community and services manager, Jenny Raines, said audits would look into car parks' layouts and the position of cameras to determine best safety practices.

She said the council was encouraging young people to park securely overnight and make sure they are in contact with friends.

The council will work with Massey University Design Students on a multi-platform campaign, including an app, advising young people how to stay safe around the city.

Ms Raines said the council has hired design students from Massey University to work on the youth-oriented campaign.