Bay no longer safe

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


I have lived in Ti­tahi Bay bay for 26 years and have al­ways felt safe to go for walks on my own no mat­ter what time in the day – not any more.

On Fri­day, July 20, I de­cided to walk to White­house Rd, for noth­ing spe­cial, just a walk in the sun af­ter be­ing stuck in­doors for two weeks with bron­chi­tis.

As I en­tered White­house Rd, a tall, rather scruffy teenager ap­proached me, smil­ing as if he knew me. He said hello, I re­turned his ges­ture. As he passed me he gave my right shoul­der a push to put me off-bal­ance, he then grabbed my wal­let. But what he didn’t know, the strings of the wal­let were wrapped around my fin­gers and thumb of my right hand.

In or­der to get what he wanted, he wrenched my wal­let se­verely from my hand, leav­ing me with the strings of the wal­let wrapped around my painful fin­gers.

He then took off with my bank card, my gold card, my read­ing glasses and $10. He took off along the main road, head­ing to­wards the in­let like a marathon run­ner. I called out for help sev­eral times but no-one was around – it was very quiet.

Rather than risk­ing hav­ing an­other stroke I de­cided to let it go and called into my friend and she called the po­lice.

The po­lice and Vic­tim Sup­port have been great to me as this ex­pe­ri­ence has trau­ma­tised me, low­er­ing my self­es­teem.

So please be more aware that the Bay is not what it used to be.

NAME WITH­HELD, Ti­tahi Bay.

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