Com­mu­nity needs to help keep towns safe

Steve Bul­lock is the area com­man­der for Taupo po­lice, which en­com­passes Taupo, Tu­rangi, Toko­roa, Pu­taruru and Man­gakino po­lice sta­tions and ar­eas. This month Steve talks about the new year and how South Waikato can make it a good one.

South Waikato News - - OPINION / KI O¯KU NEI WHAKAARO -

Get­ting back to work after the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod is al­ways tough. I for one could eas­ily get used to the three- day weeks. But no, for me it is back to the 24/7 of help­ing to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe, I love it.

My other fo­cus will be on work­ing out how to lose the Christ­mas ki­los with the least phys­i­cal ef­fort, it gets harder ev­ery year. On the phys­i­cal ef­fort front it is great to see our su­per­sports ath­letes and the not-so-ath­letic par­tic­i­pants, out and about train­ing hard for this year’s comp. It is a fan­tas­tic event which epit­o­mises our com­mu­nity and a big thumbs up to all in­volved, from or­gan­is­ers and as­sis­tants to the ath­letes and spec­ta­tors. For me Christ­mas was spent mostly catch­ing up with our son Caleb who has re­turned from 11 months in Den­mark as an AFS stu­dent. Hear­ing his tales of ad­ven­ture and of the things he has seen and done has been fan­tas­tic. Once again, a huge thanks to all of those in our com­mu­nity who helped to make this hap­pen for him.

Den­mark is re­garded as one of the safest coun­tries in the world to live in and hear­ing Caleb talk about the cul­ture, it is quite dif­fer­ent to ours, most no­table is the tol­er­ance or ac­cep­tance they have for each other. They ac­cept that we are all dif­fer­ent and they just get on with en­joy­ing life. A bit cold though with some days hav­ing less than 7 hours of day­light.

Crime wise I want to start this year off by talk­ing about own­er­ship, more pre­cisely, who is re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing our towns safe. For me we all own the South Waikato and as such we are all re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing our­selves and our peo­ple safe. Like ev­ery­thing this starts at home. How we be­have as in­di­vid­u­als af­fects our fam­ily, our friends and our com­mu­nity. Lets treat oth­ers as we would like to be treated, re­spect is the word. Re­spect­ing that other peo­ple may have dif­fer­ent views; that they have worked hard for what they have; and that ev­ery­one, I mean ev­ery­one, gets it wrong some­times would be a great start. Now I am not so naive that I think ev­ery­one is go­ing to embrace this phi­los­o­phy, so here is my next re­quest. Let’s look out for each other, let’s look after each other and let’s look out for the com­mu­nity. This may mean not putting your­self first. You will re­call just be­fore Christ­mas, Toko­roa get­ting hit hard by bur­glars steal­ing all sorts, in­clud­ing food and al­co­hol. After some time the crooks were tracked down and found liv­ing in squalor in Hinau St, steal­ing to feed al­co­hol and syn­thetic tastes. ( I won’t say ad­dic­tions be­cause they choose to drink and smoke syn­thet­ics.)

Now here is the thing, th­ese crooks were from Hamil­ton and Auck­land and came to Tok be­cause it was cheap liv­ing, no work, no fam­ily con­nec­tions, just cheap liv­ing. My ques­tion to our com­mu­nity is how and why did we let them in? The land­lord made a few bucks while the town paid the price in terms of be­ing vic­tims of crime. In fact I doubt very much that the land­lord would have made any­thing look­ing at the state of the place when they left.

Can I please ask land­lords to think about our town be­fore let­ting mon­grels like this in. Think about how much money you are go­ing to make and at what ex­pense to the com­mu­nity.

Trust me this crew stole from our su­per­mar­kets and liquor stores; they stole petrol from sta­tions and cars; they bur­gled houses and broke into cars at will, and this is the bit that gets me: They got of­fended when our lads called them a band of thieves. They have been and gone but in terms of the fu­ture we can pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing again, it is sim­ple. Think about the com­mu­nity be­fore let­ting your prop­erty to crim­i­nals.

Thumbs down this month goes to the guy in the BMW who has not grasped the new (well not so new) in­ter­sec­tion rules. First he cuts me off on Bridge St and then has the au­dac­ity to abuse me when I gave him a quick toot to re­mind him of the rules. A lit­tle later on he gave me the evil eye at the su­per­mar­ket. Learn the Road Code dude, and build a bridge.

Un­til next month, be safe, feel safe and en­joy the warmth of sum­mer.

xxx: Back on beat after re­lax­ing break.

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