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Increased security for Hibiscus Coast during holidays

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Sandy Beech

08 July 2024, 7:04 PM

Increased security for Hibiscus Coast during holidays

Coasties can expect enhanced security measures this school holiday season as Auckland Transport (AT) and NZ Police increase their presence across the region.

The initiative aims to ensure the safety of locals as they travel through Tāmaki Makaurau.

From the Northern Busway to the south, additional security personnel will be on duty, and several stations will host customer BBQs.

Hibiscus Coast and Albany stations will have security from 8 am to midnight daily, supported by Transport Officers.

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown highlighted the importance of listening to residents' concerns.

"I’m glad AT is also taking on board people’s concerns and prioritising safety more in its operations. People deserve to feel safe while moving about Auckland and public transport is a big part of this."

Stacey van der Putten, AT’s Director of Public Transport and Active Modes, acknowledged the recent incidents causing unease.

“Everybody has the right to catch public transport without being subjected to this unacceptable behaviour, so we are working closely with Police to make sure the transport network is a safe place for everyone."

Inspector Jason Edwards, Waitematā West Area Commander, emphasised the Police's commitment to visibility at busy transport hubs.

"Police do not tolerate violent or intimidatory behaviour and we will remain visible across key transport hubs. These are important spaces for the public to go about their business and get to where they need to be."

The Auckland Transport Operation Centre (ATOC) will maintain high-level surveillance across the network, and AT encourages the public to report any concerning behaviour anonymously via Crimestoppers on 4030 or through the AT website.