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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

The DCC has a role in ensuring our residents and visitors can live, work and play safely in our city.

If you want to find out more about the city safety programme or have any comments or ideas you can contact the DCC Liquor Licensing Co-ordinator/Project Officer – Kevin Mechen, phone 03 477 4000 or email

Community constables

Community policing in Dunedin is all about pro-active problem-solving with partner groups.

Dunedin has two community constables who work with government, non-government and community groups to:

  • Reduce crime and road trauma
  • Increase community safety
  • Offer a sense of reassurance to our residents and visitors.

They are focused on making our community a safer place to live by working with the community, dealing with the little issues before they become big issues.

As well as the community constables, there is a campus cop who provides a vital link between the Police, the University and the community. More information about the Campus Cop can be found on the University of Otago website.


We are committed to managing graffiti in our city. We try to remove graffiti within 24 hours where possible particularly if it is offensive (including foul or racist language). Details of the graffiti are also reported to the police.

As part of our CPTED strategy, Keep Dunedin Beautiful has commissioned a number of murals in locations that have been prone to graffiti damage over the past two to three years. Research has shown that where there are murals painted by artists with 'street cred', taggers are less likely to deface the area.

If you see someone tagging...

Please call 111 and report it immediately to the Police. Get as many facts as you can that will help the Police locate the tagger, including:

  • Physical description of the offender
  • Description of the graffiti
  • Vehicle number plates and descriptions.

If you find graffiti on your own private property, contact your local Police station. To find your nearest station, check the blue pages in your phone book or the New Zealand Police website in the related information area.

Alternatively, use the Online Graffiti Reporting form in the related information area to submit a report to the Dunedin Police.

Liquor ban

In 2004, the DCC implemented a bylaw prohibiting consumption of alcohol in public places. It is enforceable in the central city area and includes all open liquor containers.

You can take alcohol that you have just bought through the area, as long as it is in an unopened container. This means that off-licence premises can operate in liquor ban areas and that you can take alcohol through the area to a private residence. It does not mean you can't have a glass of wine at your friend's apartment in the central business area!

If you are found consuming liquor in this area, you may receive a fine of up to $20,000.

The bylaw includes a clause that allows for temporary liquor bans to be added for a specified time or in a specified area, such as the ban imposed in North Dunedin during the Undie 500 weekend.

Why do we have this bylaw?

The Control Of Liquor In Public Places Bylaw came into effect after research showed that most of the arrests and disturbances were alcohol related - between 75 and 80% of offenses after 7pm. Since 2004, these numbers have declined steadily.

DCC security and body worn cameras

Security camera use

The Dunedin City Council is committed to providing a safe city for both staff and the public.

Closed circuit security cameras may be installed on Council premises and at other locations providing Council services, in order to:

  1. Ensure Council staff and public safety
  2. Improve security and deter criminal activity
  3. Monitor trespassing, or illegal or malicious activity on Council property
  4. Provide evidence for Council or Police investigations and potential prosecution.

Body worn cameras

Body Worn Cameras may be worn by designated DCC Parking and Animal Services Officers while engaged in the delivery of Council services, in order to:

  1. Provide Council with information about the incidence, nature and severity of negative public interactions, including verbal abuse, threatening behaviour and physical assaults towards officers
  2. Minimise the risk of harm to staff and the public, by encouraging positive behaviour and interactions between the public and Council officers
  3. Provide a record of events where an incident requires further investigation or to be referred to the Police.

The DCC will ensure that the operation of Security and Body Worn Cameras does not unreasonably intrude on the privacy of individuals. Camera footage will only be held for the reasons identified above, in line with relevant legislation including the NZ Privacy Act 1993.

Camera footage access

The DCC protects all personal information it holds from unauthorised access or use. Security and Body Worn Camera footage will only be made available to Council staff or third parties (e.g. the Police) in the event of a formal investigation, and only if the request is deemed justified, the footage is 'readily retrievable' and it doesn't unreasonably breach anyone's privacy.

Members of the public may also request access to personal footage that relates to them. You can request to access camera footage, or make an enquiry or complaint regarding the use of cameras as follows:

Dunedin Octagon

The DCC, in collaboration with the Dunedin Police has a number of City Safety cameras operating in the Octagon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Images are recorded constantly, and busy times such as Friday and Saturday nights are monitored by trained volunteers working under Police supervision.

The objectives of the City Safety (Octagon) Camera programme are to:

  1. Reduce crime and disorder levels by deterring potential offenders
  2. Reduce the public’s fear of crime
  3. Help ensure a timely, effective police response
  4. Assist in the detection and prosecution of offenders
  5. Help secure a safer environment for those people who live in, work and visit Dunedin’s city centre.

The plan in the related information section shows the location and coverage of Octagon City Safety cameras.

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