"Growing Violence in the City Centre" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Kakapo2
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Unprovoked attacks are getting more and more common in the city centre at night. Not only drunken people and people on drugs cause massive problems. One of the latest attacks were executed by sober but aggressive young people, and eight (!) English and Danish tourists were the victims.
One of them had to stay in hospital for quite a long time as he had suffered serious stab wounds. Four of the five attackers were caught, thanks to security camera footage.
I do not really know what to recommend. Surely I will not recommend to stay at home, as this would leave the inner city streets to the thugs. I can only ask you to be cautious, and not to get drunken or on drugs yourself, as with a clear mind you can assess risky situations better. If still something bad happens, it is sadly a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Like this tourist group, who would have thought that a group of eight people would be attacked by some lowlives?
I would suggest not to walk to your accommodation late at night if it is not nearby, or the way leads through lonesome streets. There are night buses available on the weekends, and to invest in a taxi and have a drink less can save you from a lot of trouble.
The City Council has been discussing more patrols at night but due to the cost no additional safety measures have been taken yet. At the moment the patrols (by security guards, not police) end at 9pm (April 2008).
In the meantime think twice if you have to walk through an empty street or pedestrian zone like Cashel Mall after midnight. Places like Manchester Street where pubs and bars and lined up, and many doormen around, seem safer. A lot of trouble is reported from the Strip (Oxford Terrace) after midnight, especially on weekends when all idiots head into town.
Just a little reminder:
It is forbidden to drink alcohol in public in the inner city.
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