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NAPIER MAIL, DECEMBER 21, 2011
By PAUL MILLER
Crime prevention adviser
That the presents will still be under the tree on Christmas
That you won t leave your gift-laden car parked on the street
That your personal identification number is not with your
That while you are demonstrating your barbecuing prowess
out the back, the front of your place is not open to a passer-by
overcome with the taking, rather than giving, spirit.
That you pace yourself on the food and beverage front.
That the cartons and packaging from your hi-tech electronics
are not left out for all and sundry to view on recycling day.
That while sitting in front of your computer in a state of
infatuation, lust or love, you won t agree to send money to the
self-described handsome, English businessman (who is in fact a
barefoot 18-year-old Nigerian lad with no desire to marry).
That you won t send money to anyone via Western Union
unless you share their DNA, have married them, or had children
That you will give every appearance of being genuinely
pleased when you unwrap the CD of songs by Paul Holmes.
That you will not give your partner tea towels as a present --
it s not worth the grief, no matter how well they are wrapped.
That your trusted neighbours will take in the mail and make
your place look lived in while you are away.
That you will pick up the phone and tell police of any sus-
picious activity you witness.
That there is no leg before wicket in beach cricket.
That you will drive as though your children are in the
That you will look after each other for the duration.
Driving on dull days -- switch on headlights or driving lights
and be seen. Park lights don t cut it in those conditions.
Check your credit card statements and query transactions you
are unsure about.
The season to be careful
By PETE GIMBLETT
Taradale Community Constable
Here we are at the end of another
year, a time when more of us feel
under the pump as work, family,
and financial pressures mount up.
These extra stresses can translate
into friction and in the worst case
scenario, escalate into violence. If
you add alcohol into the mix
problems are potentially exacer-
bated. It s important to recognise
the signs of increased tension,
whether it be in yourself or others,
and take some steps to deal with it.
Some parts of the Taradale poli-
cing area have been targeted by sev-
eral recidivist burglars over the last
month or so. Fortunately, as a result
of some excellent information
coming in from the public and good
police work, several of these thieves
are now facing the music . This
really reinforces how important the
community are at providing infor-
mation. Just remember this can be
done through any police station,
community constable office, or
anonymously on the Crime Stoppers
line, 0800 555 111.
If you are considering going away
for the holidays give some thought
to security around your home or
business. This could be as simple as
neighbours you trust to keep an eye
on your property while away. People
are generally more than happy to
help out if asked. Also please go easy
on the booze; excessive drinking is a
real issue in our community. It costs
police and our health system a
massive amount of time and money.
Lastly, a big thanks to those who
have continued to support us at the
Taradale station over the year.
There are a significant number of
people who work hard to make this
community a great place to live.
Enjoy the festive season, relax,
and spend quality time with family
and good friends.
Have a safe and happy Christmas.
A reward of $1000 has been offered for the safe
return of a dark blue Honda scooter, after it was
stolen from outside a Taradale address last week.
Taradale Senior Constable Pete Gimblett said
that scooters were a popular mode of transport for
They were easy to steal because they did not
have to be broken into initially, like a car did.
Scooters are also relatively light and are easily
picked up by a couple of people and put into the
back of a ute or van, he says.
Owners of scooters need to be just as security-
conscious as pushbike owners.
Obviously taking the key out of the ignition is
a good start but, like pushbikes, first line of
defence would be to purchase a good chain and
lock and chain the scooter to something solid.
If you have any idea where the missing scooter
is, please phone the Taradale community police
officer, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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