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Police want help to nab thieves
Recovered: Superintendent John Tims stands among recovered property in an evidence room at the Manukau Hub.
Photo: JAY BOREHAM
By JAY BOREHAM
If the deal seems too good to be true
then someone probably nicked the
item you're about to buy.
And police want to hear about it.
A joint police and Crimestoppers
campaign has started in the
Counties Manukau police district
aimed at disrupting the stolen pro-
Its main focus is on encouraging
people to pass on information so
police can track down thieves and
Counties Manukau district com-
mander Superintendent John Tims
says about 60 per cent of the coun-
try's property offending occurs in
the police's upper North Island
areas -- Northland, Waitemata,
Auckland and Counties-Manukau.
Police in those districts are keen
to bring the figures down, he says.
One way is to increase the
number of calls to Crimestoppers
about stolen property.
This campaign is for people who
may know someone -- a family mem-
ber, friend, work colleague or other
acquaintance -- who is involved in
either the receiving of stolen prop-
erty or the distribution of the stolen
I am asking the public to play
their part in disrupting the stolen
property trade. We need to know
who the receivers are and we also
need to know who the offenders
People often feel they can't take
information to the police, Mr Tims
By passing on what they know
anonymously to Crimestoppers,
they can do something positive for
their community without revealing
Crimestoppers chief executive
Lou Gardiner says the most com-
monly stolen items include elec-
tronic equipment, jewellery, garage
and garden items, scrap metal and
If someone you know is involved
in stealing or receiving these items,
then we encourage you to call
Crimestoppers anonymously and
pass on what you know.''
More than 22,000 calls have been
made to the line since it began in
2009. That's resulted in more than
500 criminal charges being laid
against 171 people.
People can call the 0800 555 111
number 24 hours a day or alterna-
tively can use the secure form at
Police also have evidence rooms
filled with property which ends up
at auctions because they don't know
who it belongs to, Mr Tims says.
We know it is stolen but we just
don't know who the owners are.''
People should be taking down the
serial numbers of their property to
Age Concern Counties Manukau is
considering reducing some services
in a bid to remain sustainable as a
funding shortage bites.
The charity, which looks after the
physical and emotional needs of
seniors, has suspended its bi-
monthly Positive Ageing Network
meetings for 2012.
Chief executive Wendy Bremner
says it's looking at ways of
streamlining activities and making
sure staff activity is efficient.
In a newsletter to members
chairman Brian Jones blamed ''the
economic downturn and
competition for philanthropic
funding'' for its financial struggles.
It's likely the charity will need to cut
some non-essential services but
it's also looking at other funding
sources, including a charity shop.
Dreams can come true. That's the
message of a talk by writer Jenny
Healey and her photographer
husband Gary at Papakura's Sir
Edmund Hillary Library next
The Orere Point couple has
published two children's picture
books, Even Chickens Can Surf and
Ozzie to the Rescue, both of which
have had unexpected success.
Ozzie was originally a handbound
book written as a whimsical gift to
their grandchildren. But it's now
been reprinted and is in libraries
Library manager Cathy Cooper says
she's hoping the talk will inspire
others to ''take the next step in
their creative journey''.
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