Putting the screws on thieves
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.