Crime Prevention and Safety Event popular
Monday, 5 September 2011 | admin
From the North Harbour News
Relevant offersCrime prevention and safety were outlined to the community at Orewa's Community Hall last Friday and Saturday.
Orewa community constable Jason Homan organised the event after many requests for information from the public.
It attracted various interests, including St John Medical Alarms, SelectaDNA forensic security markers, Road Craft driver education and Age Concern, highlighting elderly abuse.
Mr Homan says the event showcased everything in one place for safety and security.
"It's been designed to give residents everything they need to keep themselves safe," he says.
Many interested parties were concerned with prevention of crime or accidents.
Mr Homan says people need to be more aware of what is going on in the community, and must take action accordingly.
One important message for the community is the need to report crimes promptly and with detail.
"There's no point coming to me two weeks later to report it," he says.
"If you see any suspicious behaviour, you need to say something at the time it happens."
He also says people should call 111 more often, even if it turns out to be a false alarm.
Much of the awareness drive was based around prevention. Steps such as alarms and security marking are good ideas, he says.
COMMON CAUSE: Some of the stall operators at a crime and safety information day were, back, from left: Bill Warner from Roadcraft driving school, Auckland Council youth development facilitator Nicola Reid, Hibiscus Coast Community House co-ordinator Tessa Lane, Auckland Transport community road safety co-ordinator Tracey Brackebush, and Orewa community constable Jason Homan. Front row, from left: Orewa Community Patrol training officer Chris Goddard, Clint Morris and Alice Baillie from SelectaDNA and Janis Dixon from St John Medical Alarms.