Kia ora koutou. I’m happy to report that last week here in Tu¯rangi we had no reported burglaries at all. There was one unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and eight family harm incidents.
However, I’m not so happy that we’re not doing well on the drinkdriving front at present. Over the last three weeks we’ve had caught five drink-drivers which is quite high for us. All of the offenders were locals and one was a 70-yearold who was three times the legal blood limit.
One of our offenders had been drinking at home and gone out to get more alcohol, one had been drinking with friends at a barbecue and one had been at work. We don’t have details for the other two, but all of them were picked up during routine police stops.
Bear in mind that if you’re out and about you are going to be stopped and as part of our procedures, every driver will be breath-tested. So if you’re drinking it’s just not worth the risk to drive.
Lastly, we had a really positive community meeting with a large number of Taupahi Rd area residents recently, organised by Community Constable Blair Robertson and our Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator Kathy Smallman. We were able to talk about what we are doing in their area and empower the group to keep safe, continue the successful Viber tree and call 111 if they see anything suspicious. We’ve also been increasing our patrols in that area.
Have a good week, Te Reipa.