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.
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.