Eastern Courier : December 22nd 2010
5 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 22, 2010 NEWS MORE TIME GIVING YOU WHAT YOU REALLY WANT THIS CHRISTM For more information, please visit westfield.co.nz/pakuranga Wed 22 -- Thurs 23 Dec 9am -- 9pm Christmas Eve 9am -- 6pm Christmas Day CLOSED Boxing Day 9am -- 7pm For a full list of extended shopping hours call 0800 Westfield, visit westfield.co.nz or text Pakuranga to 3800. Texts cost 20c. Hours of major retailers may vary. Visit westfield.co.nz for gift ideas Extended shopping hours 7 7/EC2 /EC2 /E2 2 /EC2 WES0 0 WES0693/ 693/ 693/ 693/20 7 20x 20x 2 x p pg Corner Ti Rakau Drive and Pakuranga Highway, Pakuranga Corner Ti Rakau Drive and Pakuranga Highway, Pakuranga Phone 09 978 9100 Phone 09 978 9100 Farmers | Countdown | The Warehouse westfield.co.nz/pakuranga CRIME MAP Bucklands Beach Highland Park Howick Botany Downs East Tamaki Flat Bush Pakuranga Dannemora Constable Merv Hotter Highland Park Community Constable Phone 538-0300 3 1 12 2 1 4 4 2 As the Christmas period rapidly approaches, and with some of us preparing to head off on holiday, we should take a bit of time to reflect on home security. How are you going to make your home as secure as possible while you are away? The feeling one gets coming home from a relaxing holiday to find the back door kicked in, all your valuables gone and the house trashed can't be a good one. We can't make our homes 100 percent burglar proof but we certainly don't need to advertise the fact that we are on holiday. Here are a few tips on how you can improve the security of your home while you are away. Arrange for someone to clear letters, newspapers or junk mail cluttering the letterbox Organise someone to mow your lawns should you be away for a long period of time If you have an answer phone don't leave a message stating that you are away and when you will be back Ask a neighbour to park a vehicle in your driveway from time to time. This creates the impression that someone's home Setting a timer switch for a radio or light to come on also creates the impression that someone is home Leaving curtains closed can indicate that your house is unoccupied. If you have blinds then tilt them slightly upwards or sideways Start or join a Neighbourhood Support group so that your neighbours can keep an eye on your property. If you wish to start a group please contact me at the Howick police station, phone 538-0300. There are things you should be doing even when you go down to the shops, like locking all doors and windows, not leaving a spare key under the front mat and setting the burglar alarm (if you have one). This is a prime time of the year for burglars so the less incentives you give them the more likely they are to leave your house alone. I hope these simple tips help protect your property this summer and as this is my last column for the year I wish you all the best for the holiday period. Merv Hotter Community Constable Highland Park Burglaries from December 12-18 Pakuranga: Gossamer Drive, Butley Drive, Jade Ave, Wheatley Ave, Marriott Ave, Ti Rakau Drive (2), Gossamer Drive (2), Pakuranga Rd (2), Tamaki Bay Drive. Bucklands Beach: Clovelly Rd, Maugham Drive, Gills Rd. Highland Park: Bradbury Rd. Howick: Trelawn Place, Union Rd. Botany Downs: Mirrabooka Ave. Dannemora: Tornish Drive, Maybole Drive. East Tamaki: Fairfield Lane, Harris Rd, Cryers Rd, Smales Rd. Flat Bush: Chateau Rise (2), Riechelmann Court, Dunaff Place. Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai: Whitford-Maraetai Rd.
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