Nor West News : February 3rd 2011
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Mr Mann is encourag- ing people to set up Neighbourhood Support groups. He says it is import- ant to know what is happening around you. It's neighbours look- ing after neighbours,'' Mr Mann says. Know your neigh- bours, know who is there.'' He says groups in Wil- son Rd and Shelly Beach work well. People should note details of suspicious behaviour, including recording vehicle num- ber plates, he says. Exchanging phone numbers with neigh- bours is also a good idea. Mr Mann says residents know best what looks out of place. Being a rural setting, it's much easier for neighbour support to work,'' he says. Ask your neighbour, discuss it over the gar- den fence.'' Mr Mann says com- munity patrols in Helensville and Kumeu also help a lot. Groups of volunteers work with police to reduce crime. There are 120 com- munity patrols across New Zealand with more than 5000 people involved. Patrols are supported by a police liaison officer who assists with training and information. To set up a group, phone the police in Helensville on (09) 420-8967 and in Kumeu on 412-5194. Brazen theft at beach Sad departure: Having gear stolen from Muriwai Beach is an unfortunate end to a trip to New Zealand for Austrian photographer Georg Kukuvec. He is pictured with his Kiwi partner Jessica Gray. By CAROLYN THOMAS Taken: A laptop computer like this Macbook Pro 15 was stolen from Muriwai Beach on January 20. An Austrian photographer is appealing for its return as it holds irreplaceable work and personal files. IT WAS third time unlucky for Austrian photographer Georg Kukuvec when he visi- ted Muriwai Beach on Janu- ary 20. Thieves stole his camera equipment, Macbook com- puter, iPod, visa, passport and wallet while he was in the water. He had taken his gear on to the beach thinking it was safe after having his car broken into twice before in the carpark. His Kiwi partner Jessica Graysaysitisasadendto his year in New Zealand doing a masters in art man- agement at AUT University. They're going for people's stuff on the beach -- it's crazy,'' Jessica says. There were people around so they were pretty brazen to just walk up.'' She says Georg saw four Maori or Pacific Islands men aged in their 20s acting suspiciously. Georg and a friend, who also had gear stolen, were camping at Muriwai for a couple of days. They left their gear near the surf lifesaving tower and other beachgoers. They turned their heads for two minutes and they'd gone. Witnesses saw them run- ning up the beach with bag,'' she says. The men were seen leaving in a red Honda or Mazda hatchback. Georg is unable to get a job without his camera or laptop, which also holds irreplace- able personal and work files. It's got everything from his masters degree to his work on it,'' Jessica says. You can't get that stuff back.'' Getting another visa will be difficult so he plans to return to Austria shortly. He was forced to go back, she says. It's really buggered him up.'' She says Georg did lots of free work for charities while here. He loves New Zealand, he loves Auckland and he still does. She says she would hate for it to happen to anyone else and warns people to not take anything valuable to the beach. It's been really horrible for us.'' Kumeu community con- stable Mike Collins says it happened about the same time as another thief was being apprehended in a nearby carpark. Mr Collins says police are following a number of leads. There is a better chance of being caught if they do it on the beach,'' he says. Georg is appealing for the return of his Macbook Pro 15 laptop computer. It can be left at the Kumeu police station or any safe and public place. His black Nikon D 700 cam- era was also stolen. Residents reclaim wharf carpark Taking initiative: Action by residents around the Springs Rd area in Parakai led to less break-ins at the wharf carpark. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS A group of Parakai residents were fed up with crime. So they did something about it. It followed a series of vehicle break-ins at the Springs Rd wharf carpark. Residents got together and formed a plan to keep an eye on the area Constable Brett Mann says it paid off with a prompt decrease in crime. It's a positive action by the community,'' Mr Mann says. Just a small movement.''
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