Bur­glar­ies won’t de­ter school’s core role

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

A school plagued by bur­glar­ies is up­beat de­spite fac­ing an­other hur­dle in its bid to put an end to thefts.

Se­cu­rity up­grades sug­gested for Te Pa­papa School could cost as much $165,000.

‘‘There is light at the end of the tun­nel but at the school’s ex­pense,’’ ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Anita Faitala says.

The Cen­tral Leader fea­tured an ar­ti­cle about the decile 2 school in Fe­bru­ary af­ter its 12th bur­glary in two years. It had suf­fered more break-ins than any other cen­tral Auck­land pri­mary school.

The

loss

of

mul­ti­ple tele­vi­sions, com­put­ers and even the care­taker’s tools has been dev­as­tat­ing.

Po­lice said at the time that it is a stand-out case since property crime at schools, in­clud­ing bur­glar­ies, is de­creas­ing in the Auck­land City Po­lice District.

There has been one more bur­glary since the ar­ti­cle.

Se­cu­rity has been in­creased but fur­ther needs iden­ti­fied in an au­dit will come with a big price tag.

Ul­ti­mately im­prove­ments will need to be funded by the school.

‘‘We take pride in our en­vi­ron­ment and this means we’ll have to stretch our dol­lar,’’ Faitala says.

But the school is de­ter­mined not to be beaten, she says.

‘‘Many of the chil­dren come from homes that are not well re­sourced so we need to be well re­sourced for them. Our core job is chil­dren. We can’t let se­cu­rity con­cerns get in the way of our core job,’’ Faitala says.

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