Tak­ing per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity aids ev­ery­one’s safety

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By GRAEME HILL – TOKO­ROA PO­LICE SE­NIOR SERGEANT

As 2012 comes to an end and the South Waikato Com­mu­nity gears up for Christ­mas and New Year cel­e­bra­tions, the Toko­roa and Pu­taruru po­lice would like to pass on some key mes­sages to en­sure it is a happy and safe pe­riod for most. Th­ese are timely re­minders for some as this time of year of­ten brings about ex­tra pres­sures for peo­ple, whether that is from whanau or ex­pen­di­ture it does have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on oc­ca­sions.

Al­co­hol is a fac­tor in 31 per cent of all recorded of­fences and is a key fac­tor in all crime ar­eas, in­clud­ing vi­o­lence, fam­ily vi­o­lence, thefts, and car crashes. As a re­sult, re­duc­ing al­co­hol-re­lated harm is a key pri­or­ity for the po­lice and we are in­volved in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in this area with an in­creased fo­cus over this pe­riod.

En­sur­ing the safety of our com- mu­ni­ties on the roads within our district is also a pri­or­ity for po­lice. How­ever, we need to work along­side the pub­lic to re­duce road trauma and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity is far more pow­er­ful than po­lice en­force­ment ac­tiv­ity. Bad driv­ing prac­tices should be re­ported im­me­di­ately on 111 or *555 so we can in­ter­vene and pre­vent fu­ture in­ci­dents of bad driv­ing.

Fi­nally, with many go­ing away it’s a good time to re­view home se­cu­rity and make neigh­bours and fam­ily aware of your ab­sence. If they see any­thing sus­pi­cious they should ring 111 im­me­di­ately. Al­ter­na­tively if they would like to pro­vide con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion, phone Crimestop­pers’ 0800 555 111. The team at the Toko­roa po­lice would like to wish the com­mu­nity a very merry Christ­mas and a happy and safe New Year, and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide a qual­ity ser­vice to the South Waikato. Go the Bulldogs in 2013.

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