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Supportive: Brian Hall will help you set up a Neighbourhood Support group.
By CLAIRE HAMLIN
A large part of Brian's day is taken
up with entering statistics and
data to the computer. In order to
free him to be out and about in the
community, a position is available,
three hours a day, to assist with
this work. If you have the
necessary skills, Brian would love
to hear from you.
Currently 40 per cent in Neighbourhood Support
. . . Particularly in rural areas, it's important for neighbours to support
each other, keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and behaviour, and
let police know if you do see anything irregular.
Brian Hall, Neighbourhood Support Groups group co-ordinator
Forty per cent of Napier households
are in Neighbourhood Support
Groups but new group co-ordinator
Brian Hall wants at least half the
city to get involved.
In the Napier area we have 794
groups covering 40 per cent of
households, so it would be great to
get those numbers up to at least 50
per cent,'' he says.
Mr Hall is encouraging Napier
residents to give him a call, to set up
a group for their area.
Neighbourhood Support fosters a
community where we all look out for
each other -- and Brian does all the
organising -- so it couldn't be easier.
The Napier area covers not only
Napier and its rural surrounds but
Taihape Road, Puketiritiri,
Rissington and the Taupo and
Wairoa roads and, particularly in
rural areas, it's important for
neighbours to support each other,
keep an eye out for suspicious
vehicles and behaviour, and let
police know if you do see anything
irregular. Police now actively
encourage people to ring 111 rather
than local stations, as community
constables spend a lot of time out
and about. Calling 111 means police
can get on to it straight away.''
Setting up a Neighbourhood Sup-
port group is a great way of fostering
a sense of community.
Brian will organise a meeting
where everyone can get together or,
if there is an existing group in the
area, make introductions.
If people call and I'm not in the
office, leave a message and I will get
straight back to them.
We publish a quarterly newslet-
ter that notifies groups of burglaries
in their area and, if homes in an area
are being targeted by thieves, I will
let everyone know that they need to
be extra-vigilant. I work closely with
police on this, so that residents are
aware -- after all, a safe environment
is what we all want for our families.''
Working from the Marewa Com-
munity Policing Centre, Brian has
been in the role for a month. Former
co-ordinator Willy Paul has moved
on to a new position.
With a background in banking,
Brian has worked for community
groups in the past and looks forward
to helping keep Napier secure.
Another way Neighbourhood Sup-
port can help is by supplying groups
with special invisible pens','' he says.
These pens are ideal for marking
valuable items, using your own
unique code, so that police can help
reunite you if the worst happens.
Often police pick up goods that
they know are stolen but have no
way of proving it so the pens offer
additional security, particularly for
items such as laptops, cameras,
Playstations and DVD players that
thieves can easily fit in a backpack.
In addition, police have recently
started a website called SNAP. It
takes just a few minutes to register
and you can then enter serial
numbers of home appliances or
photos of antiques and paintings, so
that they are on a police database.''
The Christchurch earthquakes
have brought home the need for
home emergency kits, and Neigh-
bourhood Support can boost yours by
selling wind-up torches that come
complete with a siren, built-in radio
and cellphone charger.
To order, phone Brian on 842 0259.
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