Community patrol out on the streets
A community patrol will start shortly in Epsom, spurred on after an attack last year when an elderly cyclist was thrown from a bridge in Remuera.
Hobson Community Board member Tim Woolfield and chairman Desley Simpson have been working with local police to get the patrol up and running.
“It is extra eyes and ears,” says Mr Woolfield.
The patrol has five members who each go through a vetting process by police.
The group will have daytime patrols to deter burglaries and some evening patrols, in fourhour shifts.
Garry Miller of Community Patrols New Zealand has been working with Mr Woolfield and Mr Simpson to establish the patrol.
He says the activities of community patrols complement police work.
“We’re not wannabe policemen.”
He says a Blockhouse Bay patrol has been running for two and a half years and graffiti dropped by 80 percent when it started.
“We need at least 40 members,” he says of the new patrol.
CPNZ chairman Rob- ert Fowler says he is pleased with the new patrol and it is a great addition to community safety.
“It is tasked by police, a hands-off sort of thing.”
The patrol will start in Epsom, and expand to Remuera and possibly other suburbs.
Newmarket police senior sergeant Wendy Spiller says it is a great initiative.
“The people of Epsom should be reassured that extra eyes will be helping reduce crime.”
If you would like to join the community patrol contact Tim Woolfield on 630-7662.
Keeping watch: Tim Woolfield, left, and Garry Miller are working together to keep an eye out for the neighbourhood.