Crime can be pre­vented


I want to high­light the ef­fec­tive­ness of up­dat­ing your se­cu­rity, and how this can make a huge dif­fer­ence to your chances of be­com­ing a vic­tim.

Po­lice have been do­ing crime preven­tion vis­its with the Greater East Ta­maki Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (GETBA) for the past 10 years, go­ing to ev­ery busi­ness that has been bur­gled.

To­gether we make se­cu­rity rec­om­men­da­tions and pro­mote sim­ple cost-ef­fec­tive ways to pre­vent them be­ing re­vic­timised. As a re­sult, bur­glar­ies have de­creased by al­most 70 per cent in the area. Some peo­ple have the at­ti­tude that there’s noth­ing you can do to stop such of­fend­ing, but this is a great ex­am­ple of how if you can make a dif­fer­ence.

The GETBA web­site also has help­ful videos of the lat­est se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy, and how it’s used, as well as de­tails for rep­utable se­cu­rity com­pa­nies.

I’d also like to give a plug to our vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions that as­sist the po­lice by pa­trolling the streets in their spare time, look­ing for any sign of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. They also give out crime preven­tion ad­vice to house­hold­ers and the pub­lic. As the Botany Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble for the past four years, I’ve built up a great re­la­tion­ship with the Botany Crime Watch Pa­trol that op­er­ates out of Botany Town Cen­tre and is run by Mar­garet West­wood, and pre­vi­ously Dick Mar­shall.

They have a great group of en­thu­si­as­tic pa­trollers who pa­trol all year round, in hor­ri­ble weather and at antisocial times. If any­one has a few spare hours, I’d en­cour­age you to vol­un­teer and phone Mar­garet on 021 324 126 or send an email to mar­garet.west­wood@botany­

This is my last On The Beat col­umn as I’ve re­signed from the po­lice and will shortly be mov­ing to the Coro­man­del Penin­sula and work­ing for the coun­cil as a se­nior com­pli­ance of­fi­cer.

It will be strange at first, as I’ve been in the po­lice for the last 25 years in both the UK and New Zealand and have met some fan­tas­tic peo­ple and greatly en­joyed my time.


Ste­wart Green is sign­ing off soon af­ter four years of ex­cel­lent ser­vice as the re­spected Botany Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble.

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