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Last November two prolific ‘stair dancers’ – thieves who walk onto commercial premises on the pretext of looking for a job or visiting a staff member – were caught, successfully prosecuted and are now behind bars, says Jane Tongatule, general manager of GETBA (Greater East Tamaki Business Association). “ The business community has become increasingly vigilant in spotting and reporting suspicious behaviour,” she says. “ The regular email security alerts we send are helpful in reinforcing this message,” she says. GETBA’s ANPR (automated number plate recognition) cameras, which convey almost instantaneous stolen vehicle ‘hits’ to Police District Command Centre, have proved to be useful as a deterrent, but also in assisting the police to locate stolen vehicles and apprehend offenders as stolen vehicles are often used to commit crimes, she says. The association, in partnership with local police, provides onsite security audits for local businesses that have been burgled. GETBA crime prevention manager Poutoa Papalii, and local community constable Stewart Green visit East Tamaki sites by appointment and provide a report with recommendations to improve security. “When we last did a follow-up on the audits, 85 per cent of those businesses who had implemented the recommendations had not been re-victimised,” Ms Tongatule says. In a mid-2015 member survey, crime prevention was perceived as one of the most valued services provided by GETBA, she says. “GETBA has a long-standing comprehensive crime prevention programme, including initiatives that are unique to our area. For example, most geographically based business associations employ a security company to patrol their area. “GETBA has instead developed a security managers’ network that is made up of a number of security companies servicing the area, local police. Others include community patrols and body corporate representatives, along with loss prevention managers from some larger East Tamaki businesses. “ This group meets monthly and shares intelligence that is invaluable in the collaborative pushback against crime in our area. We have also recently mapped the locations of CCTV cameras which face the road on willing properties within the East Tamaki business precinct so as to assist the police to apprehend offenders. It has to be a collaborative effort.” GETBA, she says, also educates and informs business owners about ways to reduce their premises’ vulnerability to crime by ‘hardening the target’. We have developed a number of crime prevention resources that have been distributed to businesses and are also accessible through GETBA’s website. Some resources are targeted at business owners and others at educating employees. Business burglaries At the end of 2015 reported burglaries in the East Tamaki business precinct had reduced by 65 per cent since 2006, and burglaries have been trending down since. GETBA realises “burglaries still happen”. The association’s general manager Jane Tongatule says the impact on businesses that have been the victim of burglaries, both emotionally and financially, is huge. “ The real cost goes much further than the immediate effect. “We would, however, like to see the police better financially resourced and the Justice system take a firmer stance with offenders.” security Vigilance pays off for businesses criMe Meth, illegal cash seized Police have seized large amounts of methamphetamine and nearly $400,000 of cash in a major operation into organised crime in Auckland City including East Tamaki. Operation Disruption – which concluded last week – targeted organised crime and related offending with 11 people arrested. The Operation - which targeted Auckland City Central, Newmarket, Ellerslie, East Tamaki and Mission Bay - has netted tens of thousands of dollars of methamphetamine for supply, and a significant amount of other illegal drugs. One person was found with close to $400,000 in cash. Police are also investigating a large seizure of electronic goods found in the operation, which are believed to be stolen. Police seized ammunition for a variety of firearms. The operation has resulted in 11 people arrested on a variety of matters, including drug- related and property offences. Four people have been charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply, and they have all been remanded in custody. Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper says Operation Disruption is a continuation of police’s focus on organised crime and drugs. “We know organised crime and drugs are a driver of crime and cause social and financial harm to communities,” says DI Hooper. ■➤ If people have any information on organised crime, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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