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Passion put into project

Passion put into project

A design project aimed at reducing property and burglary offending was a chance for Wanganui student Sean Johnson to do something for the community.

The 22-year-old Whanganui School of Design Masters student said he talked over the Puriri Neighbourhood Policing Team's "Puriri Safe as Houses" project with Constable Vaughan Patching and came up with the Serial Number Action Partnership, or Snap.

Mr Patching said the team wanted to involve the community in the design and approached the school of design to create a concept.

"Mr Johnson has done an outstanding job with both the design of the sticker and stencil."

Operation Snap aims to prevent and reduce property and burglary offending through free registration of property serial numbers on the Snap database.

"It's been great having the students and community getting behind the initiative and thinking about what they can do to prevent and reduce offending," Mr Patching said.

"I found Sean was passionate about what he was trying to do and I really enjoyed working with him."

Whanganui UCOL Associate Dean Creative, Katrina Langdon said she was pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile community project.

The stickers will be printed by UCOL and given out to the community at a Safe as Houses initiative launch later this month.

The initiative and launch are in partnership with forensic marking company SelectaDNA and involve distribution of Crime Prevention Kits to over 400 homes in the Puriri St area by teams made up of police, Lions Club, Whanganui Rotary Clubs, Maori Wardens and community patrols.

For more information about Operation SNAP and protecting your property visit:

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