Res­i­dents tackle crime

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

ONE­HUNGA lo­cals are on edge af­ter a spate of crime in the area, in­clud­ing a se­ries of se­ri­ous as­saults.

Po­lice and the One­hunga Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion are hold­ing a com­mu­nity se­cu­rity meet­ing on May 18 with the hope it will give res­i­dents the chance to voice their con­cerns.

One­hunga com­mu­nity constable Don Al­lan says lo­cal res­i­dents are on high alert par­tic­u­larly af­ter a cou­ple of se­ri­ous as­saults in the area over the last month.

A fa­ther and son were as­saulted on Princes St on April 9 af­ter the fa­ther con­fronted a group of males at­tempt­ing to break into cars parked on the street.

An el­derly cou­ple were also vi­ciously as­saulted and their car stolen af­ter a ran­dom attack out­side their Mt Smart Rd home in One­hunga on April 4.

‘‘I had a lot of peo­ple come to me af­ter the in­ci­dent con­cerned and ask­ing what’s go­ing on in the com­mu­nity and what is hap­pen­ing,’’ Al­lan says.

‘‘In­for­ma­tion tells us it was a ran­dom attack so peo­ple need to be aware that at­tacks like that can hap­pen any­where and know­ing what to do should they come across a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent.’’

One­hunga 30 per cent also had in­crease a in re­ported bur­glar­ies in March.

Al­lan says the com­mu­nity needs to be aware of the ways they can work to­gether to re­duce crime.

‘‘It’s about get­ting the com- mu­nity to take own­er­ship,’’ he says.

‘‘This is our com­mu­nity – not the 1 per cent that com­mit the crime.’’

One­hunga Busi­ness As­soci- ation manager Amanda Kinzett says there has been a lot of talk in the com­mu­nity about the in­crease in res­i­den­tial crime in the area.

‘‘There is so much chat­ter around it at the mo­ment and some­times what can hap­pen is the chat­ter can make peo­ple quite para­noid,’’ she says.

‘‘What we thought we would do is put a public meet­ing to­gether so we can talk and see if there are any so­lu­tions out there.’’

Kinzett says she hopes the meet­ing will al­low the com­mu­nity to voice its con­cerns.

‘‘We want to make peo­ple aware of what they can do to keep them­selves and their prop­erty safe.’’

Al­lan says it is im­por­tant to re­port all crime to po­lice.

‘‘When po­lice are look­ing for where to deploy their staff they see where crime is in­creas­ing and that’s the area they will deploy staff.’’


One­hunga com­mu­nity constable Don Al­lan with One­hunga com­mu­nity pa­trol vol­un­teers.

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