Your part in 24/7 polic­ing

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

As of Mon­day this week your po­lice in Te Hiku have been on duty 24/7, but the only way to get them to your place as quickly as pos­si­ble is still by us­ing the 111 sys­tem.

So re­mem­ber, be­fore you jump on so­cial me­dia to tell your friends and the world you’re about to be­come a vic­tim of crime, pick the phone up and dial 111.

A few weeks ago I placed a pic­ture in the lo­cal pa­per for a man who had re­moved his elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing bracelet in Hamil­ton in July, and has been on the run ever since. Michael Dixon is his name. He was be­ing closely mon­i­tored af­ter be­ing re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing a term of im­pris­on­ment for sex of­fences against fe­males.

He is a high risk to the com­mu­nity, which is why he was be­ing mon­i­tored by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice.

Last week we learnt that Dixon had been housed and sup­ported in the Pe­ria area. Some peo­ple knew his name and that he was roam­ing around the area. Un­for­tu­nately he is still on the run, and we have been un­able to take him into cus­tody.

It was dis­ap­point­ing to know that he had been there for a while and no one had come for­ward and raised a con­cern, even when some peo­ple knew his con­vic­tions and ‘wanted’ sta­tus.

For our com­mu­nity to be safe, and to re­duce the like­li­hood of you or one of your fam­ily/friends be­com­ing a vic­tim, we all need to be alert and pre­pared to call us about sus­pect peo­ple, or at least re­port them anony­mously.

If you have had a bad ex­pe­ri­ence with the po­lice in the past, or sim­ply don’t want to get in­volved, but have a de­sire to re­port these types of peo­ple to en­sure your safety, com­mu­nity and whanau safety, Crimestop­pers is a great way to do this. The num­ber is 0800 555-111. This rings di­rect to the United King­dom (free of charge), and the New Zealand po­lice have no knowl­edge of who the caller was. The po­lice then re­ceive the caller’s in­for­ma­tion and as­sess it.

"For our com­mu­nity to be safe, and to re­duce the like­li­hood of you or one of your fam­ily/friends be­com­ing a vic­tim, we all need to be alert and pre­pared to call us about sus­pect peo­ple, or at least re­port them anony­mously."

A call to this line will as­sist in mak­ing sure peo­ple like Dixon are taken into cus­tody and that you re­main anony­mous. More im­por­tantly, it keeps your com­mu­nity safe.

Mean­while, as we move into sum­mer and warmer weather, may I of­fer a timely re­minder to en­sure your houses are locked up. Even when you’re home and out in the gar­den, be aware that there are peo­ple out there who will not hes­i­tate to come in and steal your stuff. So keep the front door closed and locked while you’re in the back yard work­ing.

Also think about mak­ing it harder for crooks by mak­ing sure your valu­ables are not in plain view if they man­age to get into your whare. And don’t leave valu­ables in your ve­hi­cle, as this is too tempt­ing for some peo­ple as well.

Have a good week.

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