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5 hours ago

Thinking of joining the Police? Why not join the Tawa Community Patrol!

Darryl Smith from Tawa Community Patrol

Thinking of joining the New Zealand Police? Why not join the Tawa Community Patrol as a stepping stone on your journey! We will teach you some beneficial skills including observation and reporting techniques, while giving back to your community at the same time. Send us your expression of interest …View moreThinking of joining the New Zealand Police? Why not join the Tawa Community Patrol as a stepping stone on your journey! We will teach you some beneficial skills including observation and reporting techniques, while giving back to your community at the same time. Send us your expression of interest today via our website: www.tawacp.org.nz...

tawacp.org.nz/join.html

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6 days ago

Looking twice at train tracks may save your life

Darryl Smith from Tawa Community Patrol

This week is rail safety week. Given we have quite a number of railway stations, crossings and the like throughout Tawa, this safety message from New Zealand Police and NZ Transport Agency serves as a timely reminder about safety in these areas:

"Looking twice at train tracks may save your …View more
This week is rail safety week. Given we have quite a number of railway stations, crossings and the like throughout Tawa, this safety message from New Zealand Police and NZ Transport Agency serves as a timely reminder about safety in these areas:

"Looking twice at train tracks may save your life"

Look right, look left, look for trains.

That’s the message NZ Police and the NZ Transport Agency are supporting this Rail Safety Week, and it could save your life.

Inspector Peter McKennie, Operations Manager: Road Policing, says we will be supporting the week by spreading the message to look first before you cross train tracks.

It only takes a few seconds, and those few seconds could save your life.

“Whether you’re a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver, you need to look twice in both directions, as well as listen for trains.

Trains can come from both directions on one set of tracks.

“Just as red light running is dangerous, so is trying to race the bells, lights, or barrier arms.

A train can’t stop suddenly, but if you take that few extra seconds to look both ways it could save your life,” says Inspector McKennie.

“As a driver it’s important to ensure there is plenty of clear space on the other side of the train tracks for your vehicle, and any long load you’re carrying or trailer you’re towing, before you drive over the crossing.

“As a pedestrian, only cross at designated crossing points.

You might have to walk a little further, but these crossing points are designed and located to maximise safety. Also consider people with less risk awareness, such as children, who may copy your unsafe behaviour with tragic consequences.”

NZ Transport Agency Director Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says 107 people have been killed from railway incidents since 2012.

Sadly so far this year, 14 people have lost their lives.

“Every one of those fatal collisions is a tragedy.

Imagine the impact this has had on the loved ones of those who have died, and on the train drivers who were unable to avoid the collision.

“Looking for trains is a simple action but it’s not being done every time people cross railway tracks.

Often we’re distracted or too complacent that we forget trains can’t stop quickly, and they can't deviate from their course.

“Sometimes there might even be two trains.

If a train has passed or is stopped at a station, you still need to check both ways to make sure another train isn’t coming.

Two tracks may mean there is a second train,” says Mr Wilson.

For more information visit: www.tracksafe.co.nz...

tracksafe.co.nz/media/rail-safety-week

60 days ago

Vehicle thieves targeting popular cars in Kapiti and Porirua

Darryl Smith from Tawa Community Patrol

Sergeant Yvette McKelvie, Community Engagement Supervisor from Kapiti Mana Police is warning car owners to keep tabs on their cars.

Certain vehicles appear to be more attractive to thieves than others and there is something you as owners can do about this, especially owners of Mazda Demio …View more
Sergeant Yvette McKelvie, Community Engagement Supervisor from Kapiti Mana Police is warning car owners to keep tabs on their cars.

Certain vehicles appear to be more attractive to thieves than others and there is something you as owners can do about this, especially owners of Mazda Demio vehicles and Subaru cars.

While police do patrol regularly, we encourage owners to keep vehicles safe, by taking some very basic precautionary measures. “There are ways to do this, without it costing too much. Whether the cars are being targeted for people to steal items from them, or worse steal the entire car, here are some ideas for making sure this is less likely to happen.

Motorists using non-monitored car parks or even simply parking outside their houses on dark streets are urged to take valuables with them when leaving their vehicles. It’s vitally important to make sure technology is not left attached to windscreens.

Leaving these valuables in plain sight presents opportunities for thieves.
They are breaking windows, taking items in view and quickly leaving the scene.

At least lock your vehicle – and to make it even safer, you could get a steering lock, car alarm, or vehicle immobiliser installed.

Not only are offenders stealing items from the cars, sometimes they are breaking in to steal your whole car. Offenders will often target a number of cars in close proximity which causes a spike in car crime in those areas.

Often when vehicles are stolen they are used to commit further offences such as burglaries and aggravated robberies and this is not okay.

If we catch these offenders we can actively reduce the impact this has on people who are victims of not just the car thefts, but potentially other serious crimes.

We are proactively targeting those offenders who are committing these crimes and will hold them accountable for their actions, while minimising their ability to reoffend, but the public need to take measures to protect themselves too.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information to assist police in relation to car thefts.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Kapiti Police Station on (04) 296 6800 or the Porirua Police Station on (04) 238 1400 during business hours.

But if you see something you think is suspicious or out of the ordinary and you can see it happening at any time – dial 111 and we will get staff there as soon possible.

Information can be provided anonymously to the organisation CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police also encourage the public to use the SNAP service to record serial numbers and details of valuable items.

This helps to identify and return property if located when stolen.

Information on the SNAP service can be found at www.snap.org.nz... and details about how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim is found here: www.police.govt.nz...

police.govt.nz/advice/personal-community/protect-property-vehicles
snap.org.nz

61 days ago

Good in the Hood - Thanks!

Darryl Smith from Tawa Community Patrol

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us during May for Z Tawa's Good in the Hood campaign. Thanks to your votes, we received $989.77! This funding will go into our operational budget to keep us on the road and ensure we keep doing Good in our Hood!

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112 days ago

Z Tawa - Good In The Hood

Darryl Smith from Tawa Community Patrol

Pop on down to Z Tawa during May 2018 to vote for us! Our volunteer patrollers provide safety patrols day and night every week, preventing and reporting crime, and promoting safer communities. We act as the 'eyes and ears' of the NZ Police in Tawa and the surrounding areas. We assist with…View morePop on down to Z Tawa during May 2018 to vote for us! Our volunteer patrollers provide safety patrols day and night every week, preventing and reporting crime, and promoting safer communities. We act as the 'eyes and ears' of the NZ Police in Tawa and the surrounding areas. We assist with safety at community events, during adverse weather events, and other natural disasters.

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