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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.