Dunedin's parking wardens have begun trialling a body camera to try to reduce verbal abuse.
The Dunedin City Council is following a growing number of councils, including Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton, that are using the recording devices to protect parking officers and animal-control staff.
The camera would be worn at all times, but only switched on by the warden if trouble began.
Council customer and regulatory services manager, Adrian Blair said the city's parking officers had had a growing number of verbal threats and, occasionally, assaults.
Mr Blair said if the trial was successful, the council would consider extending use of the camera to its animal services staff.