Get to know your neigh­bour­hood

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATHEW SA­MUELA

A greeting to all res­i­dents of Porirua. My name is Mathew Sa­muela and I am the new neigh­bour­hood sup­port co-or­di­na­tor for the Porirua area.

I work from the Can­nons Creek Com­mu­nity Po­lice Base next to the laun­drette.

My aim is to make our homes, neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties safer and more car­ing places in which to live in, by start­ing a Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port Group in your area and get­ting to know your neigh­bours.

A lack of re­port­ing any sus­pi­cious crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity from res­i­dents is one of the main rea­sons why crim­i­nals get away with crime. Preven­tion is the key – re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious be­fore a crime is com­mit­ted. Call Crime Stop­pers on 0800 555 111: all in­for­ma­tion is con­fi­den­tial and you can re­main anony­mous.

Re­cently cop­per thieves have been re­spon­si­ble for a spate of bur­glar­ies on empty Hous­ing New Zealand premises.

One trades­man came across a per­son who claimed to be a cleaner. His sus­pi­cions were aroused and he re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice.

A good neigh­bour in Whitby re­ported sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour of a white van at a neigh­bour’s prop­erty; po­lice found stolen goods in the van and ar­rested the cul­prits.

In the past week, po­lice had caught a group of teenage bur­glars who have been re­spon­si­ble for a spate of crime.

Be­long­ing to a Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port Group has many ad­van­tages: safety and se­cu­rity, look­ing out for each other and your homes.

You dis­cuss is­sues com­mon to your area, shar­ing knowl­edge.

This helps build com­mu­nity pride, and strong con­nec­tions with your neigh­bours could be ex­tremely im­por­tant in the event of a civil emer­gency.

There is no cost to be­ing a mem­ber of Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port.

Re­mem­ber, re­duc­ing crime is not just a prob­lem for the po­lice, it is ev­ery­one’s prob­lem.

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