Guardians warn car own­ers to lock up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By LIZ WYLIE

Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians co­or­di­na­tor Terry Ryan has no­ticed cars be­ing left un­locked at the Porirua Rail­way Sta­tion south­ern car park and has raised con­cerns with po­lice.

Sergeant Dean Sil­vester of Wai­tan­girua Po­lice said it was good to have the guardians to draw at­ten­tion to the prob­lem.

‘‘From a crime preven­tion per­spec­tive, it is re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple min­imise risk to them­selves by re­mem­ber­ing to lock their cars and keep valu­ables with them. Don’t give crim­i­nals op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘We have ob­served nu­mer­ous in­ci­dents of in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing habits,’’ he said. ‘‘Driv­ers par­al­lel park­ing in front and be­hind cars that have been an­gle parked and ve­hi­cles tak­ing up enough space for two cars.’’

The guardians, who patrol the car park twice a day, have noted other prob­lems.

They said there were sev­eral large dips in the tar­mac that are full of wa­ter af­ter re­cent high rain­fall.

Wa­ter lev­els are es­pe­cially bad af­ter the re­cent storm, but Mr Ryan said the pud­dles were al­ways there.

‘‘It is hard for daily trav­ellers to get out of their cars with­out get­ting their feet wet. The large pud­dles re­strict the num­ber of spa­ces, but there has to be some re­spon­si­bil­ity on trav­ellers, too.’’

The car park land is owned by the NZ Trans­port Agency and will shortly be­come the prop­erty of the Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil.

Re­gional coun­cil spokes­woman Philippa La­gan said that since that south­ern sec­tion of land had been used for in­for­mal car park­ing, the re­gional coun­cil had mended var­i­ous pot­holes.

‘‘ Ma­jor earth­works are needed to change the shape of the land and pre­vent de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. The re­gional coun­cil will carry out ma­jor de­vel­op­ment work when we get own­er­ship of that land,’’ she said.

The Porirua Guardians, formed in 2003, are a vol­un­teer group who work with the coun­cil, po­lice and other agen­cies to make the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place.

They are eas­ily spot­ted in their dis­tinc­tive bright green uni­forms.

Photo: LIZ WYLIE

On alert: Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians Fran­cis Dellabacra, front, and Terry Ryan, co­or­di­na­tor.

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