Story: Security and personal safety

Cathedral Square police kiosk

Cathedral Square police kiosk

City centres are viewed by many people as hotbeds of vice and crime. While this perception is not always accurate, Christchurch's Cathedral Square had a bad reputation after dark in the early 1980s and many people avoided it at night. A police kiosk was installed in 1986. The building and its fittings were almost entirely funded by community donations. Staffed by volunteers from the community, the kiosk helped increase the sense of security of people visiting the square.

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Carl Walrond, 'Security and personal safety - Safer cities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017