2010-11 FENDALTON WAIMAIRI: DISCRETIONARY RESPONSE FUND DECISION MATRIX
Project Name and Description
This project is to purchase an anti-
That the Fendalton Waimairi Community Board
vandalism device called a 'Mosquito' for
makes a grant of $2,500 towards the purchase
use within the Fendalton Waimairi ward
of a Mosquito anti-vandalism device to be used
predominately in the Fendalton Waimairi ward
Alignment with Council Funding Outcomes
On the 1st September 2010, the Fendalton Waimairi Community Services Committee received a briefing from the local
∂ Community and neighbourhood safety
Community Constable on the Mosquito anti-vandalism device.
The Mosquito is used widely across the United Kingdom by police and local authorities, chain stores, independent
Alignment with Council Strategies and Community Board
shops and private individuals to protect their property from the effects of teenage antisocial behaviour.
The Mosquito is a fitted device that deters unwanted gatherings of young people. The device works by emitting a
∂ Strengthening Communities Strategy
pulse at 17-18 kilohertz that switches on and off four times a second for up to 20 minutes. Teenagers can pick it up
through minute hairs in their inner ears - but those hairs tend to die off by the time they reach 25.
∂ Safer Christchurch Strategy
With an effective range of between 15-20 metres, pilots have shown that teenagers are acutely aware of the Mosquito
∂ Effectively advocating to make Fendalton Waimairi ward a safe place
and usually move away from the area within a few minutes.
for all residents.
The device is now available in New Zealand and is being trialled in a number of areas. One example of this is a
partnership between the Papakura Police and the Safer Papakura Trust who have been trialling the Mosquito since
CCC Funding History
August 2009. The Mosquito was installed in a service lane which backs on to a rail corridor that has been the
2009/10 - $7,500 (Purchase of Crime Cameras) DRF
continued target of vandals for many years. Since the Mosquito was installed, there has been a dramatic reduction in
the graffiti vandalism in the area.
Other Sources of Funding for this Project
The system is now being trialled in a school that has not only been a victim of graffiti but burglary as well.
It is proposed that the Fendalton Waimairi Community Board purchase a Mosquito device to be made available on a
trial basis to local schools, businesses, churches, sports clubs and community groups who may be experiencing
The device would remain the property of the Community Board but would become part of the security toolkit (which
includes the security cameras) that the Community Constable manages. He would also undertake the installation and
monitoring of the device.
Council staff would also continue to work closely with the Police and the Graffiti Office to identify areas within the ward
that would benefit from the Mosquito.
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