From the Rodney Times
Orewa community constable Jason Homan is organising two information days after a flood of crime prevention requests from residents.
The aim is to equip residents and the business community with advice on keeping safe and beating crime.
"I've had a large number of calls and visitors asking for this kind of information," Mr Homan says.
"I saw it would benefit the community to have all this information in one place."
Displays include tips and information on staying safe in homes and the car, scams and internet safety, fraud-related matters, security such as shop theft prevention, and preventing burglary.
"We will also have a cycle safety course running for children, with bike safety checks, a lesson by police education officers and with a certificate at the end.
"Children are asked to bring their own bicycles and helmets."
Neighbourhood Support will offer information and can sign up any neighbourhoods interested in starting up a group or joining an existing one.
Age Concern will address the topic of elderly abuse and display services.
"New World Orewa is providing lunches for all stall holders and volunteers – we're thankful for that," Mr Homan says.
Security companies have cheap deals and specials on alarms, safes and locks and will also offer home security checks.
A door prize is a fireproof safe, including installation, valued at more than $700.
"There will also be a fire engine and police car display for the children on Saturday, work commitments permitting," Mr Homan says.
Any interested groups or school groups are welcome. Groups of more than 40 people should contact Mr Homan on 426-1118.
The information days are on August 26 and 27 from 9.30am and 4pm at the Orewa Community Hall on Florence Ave beside the ANZ Bank and near McDonald's.
Combating crime: Among exhibitors coming to a community crime and safety event on August 26 and 27 are, from front left: Jillene Henderson and cousin Tania Henderson from Age Concern Rodney, Tracey Brackebush and Yvette Nicholls from Auckland Transport, Margaret Stevens from Orewa Community Patrol. Back: Police youth education officers Bernie Watt and Dave Mitchell, and Orewa community constable Jason Homan.
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