Crime-stop hui this Saturday

Rural crime

 

A hui is being held this Saturday to discuss how to tackle the problem of increasing rural crime.  It follows break-ins in Orini and nearby areas.

The event will take place at Woodlands Estate in the Function Room, from 2pm on Saturday 26 June.

Organiser Jordan Jones decided to call the crime-stop hui following recent break ins. “There were two in one day recently, on Woodward Road and whitikahu road – possibly the same people? We don’t know.”

He felt it was time to get locals talking about what steps can be taken to prevent it.

Kevin Westbury, Morrinsville Community Patrol, will talk about setting the patrol up, and its impact on reducing crime. A representative from the Ngaruwahiua Constable & Crime Prevention Squad will also talk, and Sterling Security are providing information and deals on security systems. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mr Jones is collating a spreadsheet of all theft in the Orini/ Te Hoe/ Tauhei and nearby areas for the last 12 months and needs locations and dates.

“These statistics will help our community and police more perspective on the severity and help to ramp up police presence.”

He would be happy to hear from anyone with questions, queries, or suggestions.  “And if anyone is willing to help, they can contact me on 021 028 90545.”

What:  Crime-stop hui

Where:  Woodlands Estate, functionroom

When:  Saturday 26 June, from 2pm

 

Security tips:

· Ensure your windows and door are locked at night and when your home is unoccupied
· If you have an alarm, make sure you set it and use it
· If you have security lights, make sure that they are working – especially at the back area of
your property
· Know your neighbours – if you are going away, ask your neighbour to keep an eye on your
place and report any suspicious behaviour – especially at night – by phoning police on 111
· Watch for suspicious cars or persons in your street – especially in and around alleyways. Take
their registration numbers or any identifiable features and report to police
· Use initiatives such as ‘SNAP’ (www.snap.org.nz) and ‘Selecta dna’ (see your local BNZ
bank) to record all your valuable items.
· Secure away keys to vehicles not in use
· Don’t leave valuables in arms reach near open doors or windows
· If in rented accommodation, ensure you know who has access to the keys and if there has
been a recent change in tenants, speak to your landlord about getting the locks changed.

 

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