Putting the screws on thieves

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This Satur­day at the Whanga­mata Fire Sta­tion vol­un­teers of the Whanga­mata Com­mu­nity Pa­trol will be help­ing to screw down crime by mak­ing ve­hi­cle li­cens­ing plates less prone to theft.

The project is part of a safety week which is be­ing pro­moted across the coun­try.

John Hares says the day is a chance for peo­ple to find out more about the work of the com­mu­nity pa­trol, see their pa­trol car up close and have the li­cens­ing plates of their own ve­hi­cle made more se­cure in the process.

The vol­un­teers will be avail­able from 8am un­til 3pm and are wel­com­ing ev­ery­one.

Tech­ni­cians will be on-hand to make peo­ple’s num­ber plates safer from theft.

“We have 50 mem­bers who cover from Whir­i­toa to Opoutere and work closely as the eyes and ears of our lo­cal Po­lice,” says John.

“We are part­ners with them in pre­ven­ta­tive pa­trolling. We are just or­di­nary cit­i­zens and have no greater rights than any other cit­i­zen but we help the Po­lice as ex­tra eyes and ears.”

The vol­un­teers are pro­tected by the Po­lice log­ging sys­tem so they re­main in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Po­lice through­out the vol­un­tary hours of work. Each pa­troller is paired with an­other and the cou­ple choose where they pa­trol.

Car own­ers are be­ing of­fered a fan­tas­tic deal to get their ve­hi­cle li­cence plates se­cured to pre­vent theft.

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