Crime de­cline in Tu­rangi

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Tu­rangi crime is on the de­cline and the lo­cal po­lice say is it due to the help from their com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Po­lice are re­port­ing fewer bur­glar­ies, wil­ful dam­age and car thefts com­pared to last year.

‘‘We do have a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with our mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are com­mit­ted to call­ing the po­lice if they see some­thing sus­pi­cious,’’ Se­nior Sar­gent Tere Morunga, said.

‘‘We are also re­spond­ing to those calls with ur­gency.’’

Morunga said in the past year lo­cal po­lice have made it their goal to build up a lot of con­fi­dence and trust within their com­mu­nity and pro­mot­ing the us of the ‘111’ sys­tem. It was now show­ing re­sults.

‘‘If they are see­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and call­ing us, it is great,’’ he said.

Ear­lier this year there was a spike in crime in Tau­ranga-Taupo¯ and the com­mu­nity was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the of­fender ar­rested and charged. Crime in that area has stopped once again.

‘‘The com­mu­nity got on board with what to look for and what they could be do­ing to help out,’’ Morunga said.

‘‘They started to do it and they helped us lo­cate the of­fender.’’

Com­mu­nity con­sta­ble David Wells said they have been push­ing the ‘preven­tion’ method in Tu­rangi.

‘‘It’s com­ing back to the com­mu­nity work­ing with us. A lot of peo­ple started to know what we are here for. It’s all about preven­tion and so far it’s work­ing.’’

‘‘If they are see­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour they call us. It's great.’’ Tere Morunga

STEPH RANGI/STUFF

Tu­rangi Po­lice have been work­ing to­gether with the Tu­rangi com­mu­nity and have seen a de­cline in crime rates.

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