Beg­ging ban needed in Creek

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BEG­GING BAN

I re­fer to the Kapi-Mana News ar­ti­cle on Fe­bru­ary 14 on the coun­cil rul­ing out a beg­ging ban.

I be­lieve a ban is the only ef­fec­tive re­sponse against in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive beg­ging ac­tiv­ity in the Can­nons Creek shop­ping area.

If we have banned liquor store own­ers from set­ting up shop in this area, then why not beg­gars? Reg­u­lar po­lice pa­trol will not elim­i­nate the is­sue.

Ap­par­ently the re­duc­tion in crime within the CBD was a re­sult of the re­moval of canopies, at a rel­a­tively sig­nif­i­cant cost. What would it cost to in­tro­duce the ban and curb the po­ten­tial crime as­so­ci­ated with beg­ging and the rea­sons for it - drugs and al­co­hol?

This shop­ping area doesn’t have a ‘canopy’ as such yet the threat­en­ing, in­tim­i­dat­ing, loi­ter­ing be­hav­iour and po­ten­tial for crime as­so­ci­ated with beg­ging still re­mains.

The coun­cil needs to ad­e­quately deal with this grow­ing is­sue now be­fore it turns into a big­ger nut they HAVE to crack.

I’ve seen the el­derly ap­proached for money and re­cently even a very young girl was ap­proached by one youth who was with two oth­ers.

If beg­gars find ap­proach­ing adults not to be pro­duc­tive will they re­sort to more vul­ner­a­ble age groups?

The coun­cil and po­lice can not guar­an­tee the safety of the cus­tomers when beg­ging ac­tiv­ity es­ca­lates - which usu­ally hap­pens when their ad­dic­tion es­ca­lates and par­tic­u­lar drugs be­come eas­ier to ob­tain.

So if the coun­cil al­low this to con­tinue, lo­cal shop­pers will end up buy­ing their wares in the CBD area in­stead.

The coun­cil and po­lice need to re­visit the ban pro­posal (and im­ple­ment it) be­cause the am­bu­lance at the bot­tom of the cliff ap­proach is un­ac­cept­able.

David Dahya Porirua East

Over on Neighbourly we asked for feed­back on the con­tin­ued clo­sure of the Porirua cen­tral po­lice sta­tion at the week­end. We asked whether Porirua res­i­dents thought the sta­tion needed to be open on Satur­day and Sun­day.

GLENN BROWN FROM AS­COT PARK

Yes, in case of any thing that needs re­port­ing, rather than have peo­ple wait un­til the next week. It gets rather annoying if you need to wait on hold to the cen­tral po­lice sta­tion and some­times the phone never gets an­swered at all when you press the af­ter-hours but­ton at Porirua po­lice sta­tion.

REUBEN PAKU FROM RANUI

Porirua City does need a po­lice ser­vice, but it doesn’t need the sta­tion front desk manned on the week­end. As long as of­fi­cers are avail­able from the site for quick re­sponse to in­ci­dents, then that should be the min­i­mum re­quire­ment.

JU­LIA FITZGER­ALD FROM TAWA

Yes it should be open. It’s one of those es­sen­tial ser­vices most of us would ex­pect to be avail­able at week­ends.

PAUL TOM­LIN­SON FROM TAWA

Ab­so­lutely it should be open, prob­lems don’t stop be­cause of the week­end.

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PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN

A let­ter writer this week calls for the coun­cil to deal with the beg­gars in Can­nons Creek.

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