Some updates from Alf - 19 July 2017:
Thefts of courier parcels A group of offenders have been operating within Wellington city targeting apartment buildings. Their modus operandi is to follow a resident through the security doors and once inside they target mailboxes and any parcels left by the mailboxes. The message is to be extra vigilant and challenge anyone who you think shouldn't be in the building (provided you feel safe to do so) and always report anything suspicious to the police.
Commercial property break ins An ongoing problem in the city and a continual focus for police. Alf's message is... "if you see something the looks out of place or suspicious call police".
Dogs in the city Some of our members had expressed concern about the a couple of the regular beggars who now have dogs with them that can at times be aggressive. The key message here is that if you have any concerns report these immediately to animal control through the council 499 4444, and if an attack has occurred try to keep and eye on the dog and owner till help arrives.
Homelessness/vagrancy/begging As always police are keeping a close eye on this and are interested to hear of any incidents where the law may have been broken. The city needs to be a safe place for all and police rely on the public to help them identify any issues or problems. It's about us all working together!
4 April Our first meeting with Sergeant Alf Sawyer, Neighbourhood Policing Team. A summary of our discussions...
- Neighbourhood policing team - this consists of Alf and 3 constables; Matt , Jeremy & Ben. Their area includes Mt Victoria, Mt Cook, Te Aro & the CBD and they look for opportunities to engage with the community in positive ways such as working with schools and helping residents and businesses with safety related concerns.
- Apartment Security - some apartment buildings have been experiencing problems with unauthorsied people gaining access by trailing in the front door with residents. Something to be mindful of if you live in an apartment.
- Graffiti - stressed the importance of reporting every incident so that the scale of the problem is fully understood and in turn can be adequately resourced. Matt is the team member responsible for this portfolio and concerns can be discussed with him.
- Begging - police are participating in the current review of the public spaces bylaw and are hopeful that changes will give them more scope to move people on if they're causing a nuisance, in particular if the begging is aggressive.
- Breaches of the liquor ban - we discussed the importance of gathering information on this and how we could make it easier for residents and businesses to do so without the time it requires to report incidents through the Crime Reporting Line.
- Car park crime - has reduced following campaigns by police encouraging motorists to be extra vigilant.