By Kelvin Powell, Hamilton City Council’s City Safe Manager
The Council have actively been collaborating with key partners to help improve the perception of safety in the central city since 2015 and are continuing to focus on the central city becoming an attractive destination where people always feel safe.
In our 2018 Quality of Life survey, 91% of Hamiltonians said they felt safe in the central city during the day – an increase of 9% from 2016.
The current Central City Safety Strategy looks to revitalise the central city by working together to improve safety; making sure the central city is designed to be vibrant, welcoming and safe; and by having council policies and bylaws target safety concerns.
Our City Safe team work hard to discourage and mitigate antisocial behaviour in the central city by walking the streets, monitoring CCTV cameras and working with businesses in the area.
Safety is also a key theme of our Age Friendly Plan and we’re working closely with businesses and the Hamilton Central Business Association to find ways to make the central city safer and more accessible for our older generation.