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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday April 30 2015
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Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices PROUDLY HOWICK! To buy, phone Times Newspapers 271 8000 Or order online @ www.times.co.nz Also available at: Victoria’s of Howick, 87 Picton St, Howick. Ph 534 2490. And: Howick Historical Village The perfect reminder of everything Howick. 100% cotton teatowel. Buy one for yourself, give to friends or send abroad. ONLY$15EACH crime Avoiding theft from cars Simple advice to keep valuables safe By NATALie BriTTAN ■■ It’s a message that needs to be heard loud and clear. ‘Care, Carry, Keep’, that’s the new campaign by the police supported by the Howick Local Board to encourage the public to take their valuables with them when they leave their car. the campaign is inspired by a similar campaign launched in Wellington where there were reportedly up to 50 car break-ins a week early this year. Counties Manukau Police’s crime prevention officer, senior constable Garry Boles says the numbers are compelling. “Forty-eight per cent of people leave their valuables inside their car and 28 per cent of people leave visible electronic items inside their car,” he told the Times. the numbers are obtained from Operation Focus, a monthly awareness check carried out by community partners such as Botany and Howick Crime Watch Patrols, Fo Guang shan Buddhist temple, Pacific and Maori wardens and the Asian Council on Reducing Crime (ACRC). In one recent operation, 836 of 5136 cars were found to be vulnerable, says Mr Boles. “seventeen of those cars were unlocked with the keys in the car and we found a car unlocked, with the keys in the car, and a baby in the back at Botany Junction.” Any public place where vehicles are parked for an extended period of time is a target including Half Moon Bay Marina, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Botany town Centre and Pakuranga Plaza, says Mr Boles. “ the emphasis is on prevention first. We’re trying to prevent a problem but people are still leaving things in their cars.” He says recent figures have shown that parking cars in driveways does not make it safer. “Forty-seven per cent of break- ins happen on the road and 53 per cent in driveways. “People need to clean out their cars and park their cars inside their garages.” Counties Manukau Police crime prevention manager, inspector Ann Wilkie says the campaign addresses all crime in general and prevents complacency. “[the campaign] is to make people more diligent. “It’s about all crime, not just things being stolen from cars.” Anyone who sees any suspicious activity in car parks and public spaces is urged to dial 111 for an immediate response. Counties Manukau Police’s crime prevention manager, Ann Wilkie, and district crime prevention officer, Garry Boles, send out a strong message on opportunistic vehicle crime at Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool and Leisure Centre. Times photo Wayne Martin commuNiTy grANTs Change of policy announced A NEW set of Auckland Council regional funds and the ability for community groups to apply for multi-board grants comes into effect on July 1. Until now an interim policy has been in place including a variety of funding programmes and application processes from the former legacy councils. some grants were available in some areas and not in others and often the application process was different. the new policy includes two main components. twenty-one local grants programmes will support local activities. this will include the ability for local boards to work together to allocate grants for activities that cross several local board areas. Most local boards will operate at least two grant schemes, a local grants scheme and a ‘quick response’ local grants scheme. Boards will be able to give multi-year grants (up to three years) and turnaround times for small grants should be much faster than previously. six new regional grants programme will support regionally significant projects and organisations. It will include programmes for arts and culture, community development, environmental and natural heritage, historic heritage, events and sports and recreation. In most cases regional funding will be a mix of ‘one-off ’ project grants and larger multi-year ‘strategic relationship’ grants. Any grants allocated before this July 1 will not be affected. First rounds for new grants are expected to open soon after July 1. Local boards will be looking for community groups whose work aligns with the priorities outlined in their local board plans. At the regional level the governing body will look for projects and organisations that align with the outcomes set out in the Auckland Plan and sector-specific plans. the level of funding available for each of the new grant programmes is subject to Long-term Plan (LtP) 2015- 2025 decisions. the new grants policy was adopted following engagement and feedback from more than 150 groups. More information is ■➤ online at aucklandcouncil. govt.nz/funding.
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