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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 --- 5 OG_AC1845_E_HBT 120183 CRIMINAL offences recorded in the Counties Manukau East Police area fell 18.6 per cent from 11,702 in 2011 to 9520 in 2012, according to annual statistics released last week. The number of crimes recorded in the wider Counties Manukau Police district fell 11 per cent from 50,228 during 2011 to 44,699 in 2012. Counties Manukau East has about 180,000 residents living in Howick, Pakuranga, Botany, Flat Bush, East Tamaki, Otara, Beach- lands, Maraetai and Whitford. The most signifcant changes in recorded offences in Counties Manukau East are in the catego- ries of homicide, which fell 100 per cent; robbery, down 50.3 per cent; and burglary and theft, both down 21.2 per cent. Public order offences dropped 29.6 per cent, while sexual assault and related offences rose 11.5 per cent, and illicit drug offences increased 10.6 per cent. The overall crime resolution rate jumped from 45.8 per cent to 47 per cent. Senior sergeant Alison Brand, Counties Manukau East Police’s prevention manager, says she and her colleagues are pleased with the reduction in crime. “We’re car- rying out targeted patrols, working to understand the needs of crime victims and the locations crimes are happening in, and targeting the main offenders.” Ms Brand says that the decrease in homicides from three in 2011 to none in 2012 is largely down to a “massive” focus on crime prevention. Important police work is done in partnership with agencies such as Eastern Women’s Refuge and Child, Youth and Family. “We’re getting to events before they escalate and deploying police offcers to known trouble areas before homicides happen,” she told the Times. “We also have daily referrals and meetings with our commu- nity partners to ensure support and intervention is put in place for high risk families.” Ms Brand says the reduction in robberies from 155 in 2011 to 77 in 2012 is largely down to prevention work by front-line police offc- ers and Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch (CIB). “We also work with and share hot spot information between partners such as the Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA) and Crimewatch Com- munity Patrol groups.” An increase in the number of illicit drug offences is good news for police, as it means more drug users, sellers and manufacturers are being caught. “We’ve got a proactive pro- gramme with dedicated staff who focus on analysing information coming through channels such as the Crimestoppers tip-off phone line, 0800-555-111,” Ms Brand says. Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross says he’s delighted recorded crime has fallen in the Counties Manukau Police district and across New Zealand for the third consecutive year. “The statistics show we’re being kept safer both on the streets and in our homes,” says Mr Ross. “Fewer crimes mean fewer inno- cent victims and that’s good news for everybody.” Nationwide, there were 376,013 criminal offences recorded in 2012, compared with 406,056 in 2011, representing a reduction of 7.4 per cent. It’s the lowest crime fgure in New Zealand for 24 years. Police Minister Anne Tolley says operational changes made by police are having a huge impact. “These statistics show our police are getting it right. I want to congratulate Police Commissioner Peter Marshall and all police staff for their efforts in preventing crime and making communities safer.” Crime is continuing to fall in a number of important categories in South-East Auckland. Times photo Wayne Martin Focus on prevention Recorded crime in the Counties Manukau East Police area during 2012 has fallen by 18.6 per cent from the previous year, reports CHRIS HARROWELL. NEWS BITES Burns victim rescued A SERIOUSLY burned man was rescued from his boat yesterday. Coastguard Howick Rescue 1 responded within 15 minutes to the alert which came in at 11.46am. A man on-board a vessel 400 metres west of Browns Island was su ering from burns to his stomach and chest as a result of being sprayed with boiling water. He was taken to Howick Beach by Coastguard volunteers where he was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Middlemore Hospital. Coastguard Northern Region duty o cer Tony Winyard says the correct use of marine communications (VHF Channel 80) was the reason for Coastguard's quick response. "We remind people of the importance of carrying two forms of waterproof communication on-board and familiarising themselves with Coastguard's marine VHF channels before heading out on the water." More information on Coastguard and its VHF marine radio operator courses is at www.coastguard.org.nz. Girls' night out LADIES, if you like a good lm and an evening out with the girls, get your friends together for the next Girls' Night Out at the Movies event at Hoyts Cinema in Botany on April 15. The movie is Identity Thief, a comedy that sees a mild-mannered businessman travel halfway across the United States to confront the deceptively harmless looking woman who has been living the high-life after stealing his identity. The evening begins at 6pm with a free glass of bubbly and goody bag, with the movie screening at 6.30pm. Tickets cost $20. New play area opens A NEW playground to accommodate an increased school roll has been completed by local volunteers. Pakuranga Rotary Club members have spent the past 20 months organising and managing construction of a new playground at Panmure Bridge School. It's o cially opened at 2pm this Friday. As the result of the pending closure of the local intermediate school, Panmure Bridge School will add year 7-8 pupils to its roll. The existing playground was considered too challenging for younger children and too small for the expanded roll.
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