Story: Security and personal safety

Walkwise (2nd of 2)


Walkwise are Armourguard employees who work for the Wellington City Council. They provide a highly visible presence, less authoritative than a police officer or security guard, to help deter crimes against property such as graffiti and vandalism. They also report incidents to police. Around eight staff patrol the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The scheme, introduced in 2000, has proven to be so successful that Lower Hutt, Manukau, Dunedin and Porirua have adopted the same or similar models.

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Carl Walrond, 'Security and personal safety - Safer cities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

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