Papakura Courier : September 30th 2015
Getting to grips with the Real World P5 Grimm stuff fromKiwi youngsters P9 Papakura Courier Wednesday, September 30, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling ‘‘I think there’s a bit of social pressure that comes with it ... you’re not hidden. ’’ District prevention officer Senior Constable Garry Boles $1,625,000 62 Muir Rd,Karaka Set on 3851m2 of park-like grounds, designer kitchen, open plan living, five bedrooms, two bathrooms. Sold by Bayleys Takanini Senior Constable Garry Boles says sites like Facebook and Neighbourly are proving valuable tools for the police. Solving crime online ANNALOREN firstname.lastname@example.org Eagle-eyed Facebook users are helping police a crack cases and track offenders. Counties Manukau police have arrested seven people in the past six months thanks to comments and messages on social media. District prevention officer Senior Constable Garry Boles says those apprehended include a shoplifter and a bag snatcher. Facebook users have also helped police find young people who have gone missing. More than 21,000 people now ‘like’ the Counties Manukau police Facebook page so it’s likely that one of them will recognise a mugshot, Boles says. ‘‘I think there’s a bit of social pressure that comes with it ... LIGHTNINGQUICK ‘‘Therewas an armedrobbery at a local restaurant and I’msitting at homeat night and I turned onmy email andsomeone had posted it on Facebook saying ‘Ohmygod, there’s an armedrobbery going on right now’. ‘‘I rang the districtcommandcentre and they were aware of it, but it shows you howquick that whole scenario is working. It’s becoming lightning quick,’’ Garry Boles says. you’re not hidden. It’s out in a public forum, you have a warrant out for your arrest and we’re looking for you,’’ he says. Many people actually turn themselves in after their photos are posted, he says. ‘‘Everybody they meet goes, ‘You’re on Facebook’ or they get family members going, ‘You’re embarrassing the family, go and see the police’. ‘‘They actually turn around and come to police stations.’’ Allowing people to share what they know over social media is a good way of giving them a sense of ownership of their own communities, Boles says. ‘‘In the old days when we’d look for someone, we’d go to all the local known addresses and pubs and clubs and we’d be asking for those people. ‘‘That’s now changed to the modern society where people get access to a lot of quick information and they can utilise that information. ‘‘People like to think that they’re contributing to society and I think we’re actually pushing the power back to the people.’’ Counties Manukau police are also keen users of Neighbourly, which has a more ‘‘stringent’’ sign-up process than Facebook. Users are required to verify their addresses, which means fewer ‘trolls’ posting false information, Boles says. Police can also send text alerts to site users in emergency situations, such as when a young child is missing. Neighbourly’s community partnerships manager Maureen Glassey says Counties Manukau police are leading the way for other emergency services around the country in terms of using the site. ❚ Go to neighbourly.co.nz to sign up in your community. $1,005,000 265 Irwin Rd,Karaka Set on 4.24 hectares, spacious four-bedroom home with a large shed and covered stock yards. Sold by Bayleys Papakura Check out our Southern Homes section. $585,000 4 Redmount Pl, Red Hill Three-bedroom home on top of the hill, with rural views in a desirable cul-de-sac. Sold by Harcourts Papakura PAK’nSAVE PAPAKURA FUEL SITE NOW OPEN! PAK’nSAVE PAPAKURA 331-345 Great South Road, Papakura sold!
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