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Manawatu District Neighbourhood Support

Manawatu Standard

Last updated 12:45 17/07/2009


Promoting a Safer Caring Community

Data Base

We now have over 2208 households involved in 278 groups. We have 749 email addresses recorded. The last general email message that we sent out created only 11 not recognized error messages. If you do change your email address, please send a message to mdscc@xtra.co.nz so the new address can be copied and pasted to your records.

Graffiti

The Manawatu District Council has a policy of having all reported graffiti removed as soon as possible, often within 24 hours. If you notice any graffiti on public buildings or structures, please report it to 06 323 0000.

Criminal Activity

A report from another district indicated that only about a half of all theft from motor vehicles is reported. While we cannot say this is a reflection here, if you are the victim of such an incident, please report the incident. The Police cannot do anything if they are not aware of the problem. The large number of incidents in NS areas in March requires comment. These incidents relate to an individual in a rural community. Once the offender was confirmed he was moved out of the community.


FROM THE POLICE DESK

Boyracers

Hi everyone, my name is Chris Payne, I am a Police Sergeant based in Feilding and hold the Road Policing Port-folio for the Feilding area. I thought I might try and outline a few of the issues the Police currently face with Boyracers.

Boyracers are a real issue for the Police and the public alike. They congregate in large numbers doing burnouts, drag races etc, endangering not only themselves, but their spectators and other general road users as well. They travel in numbers to their locations, often at great speeds and when at their chosen place of meeting, can cause considerable damage, leave behind rubbish, can be intimidating and are otherwise a general nuisance. Often when it is pointed out to them, their attitude to all of this is extremely poor.

In the Manawatu area we do have a boyracer problem.

As a general rule they congregate on a Friday night - usually around 11.30 pm to 12.30 am. They mostly leave from Palmerston North and often travel in convoy to a rural road. At times we have had up to 200 vehicles show up - some from as far away as Masterton and Wellington.

If available, our staff try to intercept them on the way out - because they often travel at great speed and it is good to catch them doing so - however trying to stop vehicles in convoy is not easy. We also try to have staff out at their intended destinations - to turn them around when they arrive.

Normally this is quite effective in moving them on - although sometimes that is part of the problem as well - we move them on and they then travel to another location and become a problem there! Another issue is that it doesn't always happen - sometimes we simply don't see them and don't know where they are.

It is a very difficult situation to combat. When we do see them, as soon as any of them spot a patrol car or anyone of authority - they simply text message everyone else to avoid the area and meet up somewhere else. They have also been known to have 'lookouts' set up for this specific purpose.

Many suggestions to deal with them have been banded around including the possible introduction of new legislation for 'crushing' their cars. I am often asked if I think this will help solve the problem and my honest answer is "I'm not sure." On one hand, many of the cars are expensive and are the pride and joy of the owners, so it could well be an effective deterrent for them - others however - are not so - and many of the drivers simply don't/wouldn't care.

Part of that legislation also involves the impounding of vehicles when people have large amounts of unpaid fines. This, I believe will be a very effective tool in combating the problem and deterring the repeat offenders.

Other suggestions have included properly organising a place where they can do their thing, somewhere safer which will not cause the problems they do, i.e.: Manfield or somewhere similar. The problem with this is that once something is properly organised there are all sorts of other issues to deal with, like safety precautions, noise restrictions, availability of the track/place etc.

Plus - part of the attraction in the first place for these boys/girls is the illegality of what they do and the 'game' they play with the authorities trying to catch/deal with them. I am not sure they would necessarily buy into any properly organised event - and if they did, it may not stop them getting together outside the events as well.

In short - I am not sure what the best long term answer is - but there is no doubt we need to keep on top of the problem and keep modernising our tactics to deal with it. I believe the proposed legislation will be a step in the right direction. The public can also help by letting the Police know of these guys as they are doing it, i.e.: where and when they meet, what they do when there etc - so that we can deal with it at the time or at least be aware of new trends/developments to address.

In the mean time we will continue to target these guys and prosecute them for any offending. Our policy is 'zero tolerance' in our patch and that is how it will stay.

Preparing for a flu pandemic

Refer to the Ministry of Health web page http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/pagesmh/5196/$File/prepare-your-household.pdf

What do I/we need to be storing?

    * Paracetamol or ibuprofen 7 to 10 days supply per person.
    * Tissues/toilet paper extra supply.
    * Cough syrups/throat lozenges for each person.
    * Food/fluids 7 to 10 days supply.
    * Regular medication supply.

The MOH guidelines recommended that you "Be Prepared with enough food and water for at least 7 days".

If you or a member of your household has the flu, the best course of action is for you all to remain at home. Telephone one of your neighbours to let them know. They may be able to assist you by getting you some grocery or pharmaceutical essential items to help you get through your period of confinement.

Spam Text Messages

Spam messages on the computer have been around for sometime and there have been plenty of warnings concerning them. These same messages are now being sent via text messages on the mobile phones. Remember the adage, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. To check out the validity of any message, go into Google, type in the subject then the word "hoax" and see the result.

Neighbourhood Support/Rural Support signs

In a recent study in the USA, old or defaced signs gave the perception of the acceptance of or an increase in crime happening in the area. If the sign in your area needs replacing, please contact Allan either by phone or email.

Sponsorship and Support

We wish to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their continued sponsorship and support of Manawatu Neighbourhood Support:

  • Crime Prevention Unit of the Ministry of Justice
  • The Manawatu District Council
  • NZ Lottery Grants Board
  • Eastern & Central Community Trust
  • New Zealand Police
  • MANAWATU DISTRICT SAFER COMMUNITY COUNCIL - Promoting a Safer Caring Community

C/- Police Station, PO Box 341, FEILDING Ph: 06 323 7386
Email: mdscc@xtra.co.nz
http://www.manawatunsg.co.nz

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