Eastern Courier : January 22nd 2016
stuff.co.nz ONTHE BEAT Community disturbance Neighbourhood anti-social behaviour is a matter that we know frustrates many. Excessive noise, vandalism and drunken loutish behaviour impact on your quality of life. It can cause alarm and distress to those victims who have a right to be safe and feel safe in their homes and community. NewZealand Police work with Auckland Council and other agencies to reduce anti-social behaviour butwe need your help: • Use your judgement as to whether you can resolve it yourself by speaking to the person responsible for the nuisance. • Keep a log of all acts of anti- social behaviour including times, dates, details of those committing it and what they have done. • Report it if it is a noise problem by contacting the council. If tenants are behaving badly then the landlord, Housing NewZealand or the agentwho is usually responsible should be contacted and informed. Call the police if the behaviour involves domestic incidents and violence, or threatening and disorderly behaviour. You can call police anonymously on the Crime Stoppers telephone number 0800 555 111. The need for any response will be assessed on the information given and the severity of the matter. JANUARY11-17 IAN WILLETTS Ormiston Community Constable The recording of incidents and the supplying of information relating to persons and places allows police to be able to deploy officers to hotspot locations where neighbourhood nuisance and antisocial behaviour take place. Tell your local police officer or local Neighbourhood Policing Team, that works with partner agencies such as the council, to help make your community safer. If you witness vandalism taking place report it to the police. Howwedeal with it: The police and their partners have a range of options at their disposal, depending on the severity of the offence. Thesemay include: • Simply trying to talk to the individuals involved to help them understand howtheir actions affect others and to discourage further anti-social behaviour. Prosecution against those committing relevant criminal offences is also an option. • Housing providers can also apply to have tenants or offenders evicted should such action be warranted. BURGLARIES Pakuranga: Kerswill Place, Riverhills Ave, Tamaki Bay Drive. Bucklands Beach: Macleans Rd. Howick: Churchill Rd, Cook St, Rodney St,Uxbridge Rd. BotanyDowns: 0. Dannemora: Artesia Close. EastTamaki: Bishop Lenihan Place, Pukekiwiriki Place, Redcastle Drive, Stonedon Drive. Flat Bush: Elwyn Close, Redoubt Rd, Salford Cres. Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai: Keanes Rd. VEHICLE CRIME Pakuranga: Burswood Drive, Gossamer Drive, ParkviewPlace. Bucklands Beach: Hattaway Ave, Pigeon Mountain Rd. HighlandPark: Lewisham St. Howick: Hutchinson Rd, O’Halloran Rd (2), Simmental Cres, BotanyDowns:0 Dannemora:Kingsgate Place (2). EastTamaki: Caldwells Rd (2), Chapple Rd, Eroni Clarke Close, Matarangi Rd, Stonedon Drive, Town Centre Drive. Flat Bush: Bishop Dunn Pl, Borthwick Close, Coachman Drive, Fusion Rd (2), Ormiston Rd. Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai: Jack Lachlan Drive (2). Tanks will be empty if householders don’t conserve water now. Act now before your water tank runs dry Don’t get complacent – a dry summer is on its way. That’s Auckland Council’s message to Pohutukawa Coast householders with rainwater tanks. They’re being urged to conserve water despite a wet start to 2016. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says New Zealand is experiencing an El Nino weather cycle. That means the north of the North Island is very likely to have lower rainfall than usual from January to March. ‘‘It is therefore really import- ant for residents with rain water tanks not to get complacent just because the rain has been plentiful so far,’’ the council’s civil defence and emergency management director John Dragicevich says. ‘‘Check your water tank frequently to ensure you can bring in water before your tank runs dry.’’ Residents in homes that have run out of water often resort to council facilities for their ablutions and cleaning, putting additional strain on the facilities, Dragicevich says. The council’s tips for conserv- ing tank water include taking shorter showers, turning off taps while brushing teeth, washing complete loads of dishes or laundry instead of partial loads, and flushing the toilet only when necessary. JANUARY 22, 2016, EASTERN COURIER 5 Learn French Term 1 starts Feb 2 classes SUBSCRIBE NOW Visit mags4gifts.co.nz/sunday-star-times Or call 0800 SUNDAY (786 329) POP UP FRENCH CLASS Sat Jan 30 10am-12pm • Try a mini French class • Speak French! www.alliance-francaise.co.nz phone 376 0009 Free! plus 10% discount off term classes It’s not Sunday without it.
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