Your part in 24/7 policing
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.