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Waiatarua Community Patrol News

It is great to see the weather warming up…but that does mean more vehicles on our local roads and people visiting our walks and beaches. Often these are visitors who are not used to driving our semi-rural and bush conditions – so take it easy and stay aware when driving over the coming Spring and Summer months. If you are parking at one of the walk or beach carparks, make sure you secure your vehicle and remove all valuables. Don’t leave anything in view that might look ‘interesting’ and encourage a break-in.

For advice on protecting your property and belongings – refer to the NZ Police website: www.police.govt.nz/advice/personal-community/protect-property-vehicles

There is also a great new “Community Safety and Support” page on the Auckland Council site, proving a hub for information and resources for community safety issues and concerns: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/report-problem/Pages/community-safety-support.aspx

Our patrollers have been reporting quite a number of street traffic signs damaged (or removed) recently which have been reported to Auckland Transport.  We use the Snap Send Solve app to report all kinds of local issues to the appropriate service (including Auckland Council, Watercare, Auckland Transport, Chorus, Vector and more…). This app is available to everyone for free (on either App Store or Google Play) – plus they have regular prizes for logging issues…which is always a motivation. Find out more at:  www.snapsendsolve.com/new-zealand/

Community Patrols – How could I help?

By being aware of our volunteers and giving us a wave when you see us on patrol.

Telling others about us.

Becoming a volunteer patroller for the Waiatarua CPNZ group (covering Waiatarua, Oratia and Henderson Valley – and more..).   Volunteers are always needed for both daytime and evening patrols (weekdays and weekends).   A flexible commitment of around 4 hours per month.  Full training and uniform supplied.  Police Security Clearance check and current drivers licence required.

Or Volunteering in a support role. It takes a team to keep our wheels on the road..

Sponsoring us or donating.   Givealittle:  www.givealittle.co.nz/org/waiatarua-community-patrol-charitable-trust or pop into the Oratia Mobil Station on West Coast Road to donate directly to our petrol account.

BE THE POLICE’S “EYES AND EARS” IN YOUR COMMUNITY

As always, we are very grateful to our volunteers for all that they do – and welcome new recruits and supporters.

Stay safe…  and look out for your neighbours.

Contact Sue Dell, Patrol Leader (waiatarua@cpnz.org.nz / 021 681 207) for more information.

Remember – if you see something suspicious or need to report an incident to Police:

111 – Emergency

105 – non-emergency (incident already happened & don’t need urgent assistance). Or online 105.police.govt.nz

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 – Report crime anonymously, or online crimestoppers-nz.org/report

*555 (from mobile phone) – urgent but not life-threatening driving incidents

Sue Dell

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