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Page 3 By Chris Harrowell A PROJECT aimed at fostering rela- tionships between businesses and making the community a safer place to work is off to a positive start. Know Your Neighbour was founded by Botany community police consta- ble Garry Boles and Coralee Carr, the Greater East Tamaki Business Asso- ciation (GETBA) executive officer for crime prevention. The project began in July and runs until the end of the year. If it works as well as hoped, it may eventually be rolled out nationwide. It’s based on the theory known as crime prevention through environ- mental design, or CPTED, which identifies ways of making small changes to an area to reduce law- breaking. Mr Boles and Mrs Carr visit East Tamaki companies affected by crime and offer to conduct a mini-audit to help lower the chance of repeat offending. They ask the business owner or manager a series of questions and then examine their property to iden- tify potential alterations. “This is similar to Neighbourhood Support groups, but it’s for busi- nesses,” Mr Boles told the Times. “There are about 2000 businesses in East Tamaki. We carry out an eval- uation and make recommendations for areas that could be changed to improve security. “We identify whether the busi- ness’s premises looks cared for, and if it’s well laid out from a CPTED point of view. We also look at how good visibility is, if there are potential hid- ing places, what staff safety is like, and whether there are active security measures in place.” Mr Boles enters steps taken at each business into the police’s computer database. He and Mrs Carr then speak with neighbouring companies to advise them a crime has taken place. Mrs Carr seeks permission to cre- ate a contact list for nearby busi- nesses, should they need to get hold of each other in future. She also hosts a monthly security managers’ network meeting. It’s comprised of commercial security managers, police and risk assessment officers at some of East Tamaki’s larger businesses. “It’s a very informal meeting for the purpose of sharing intelligence,” says Mrs Carr. “We discuss issues we’ve had over the past month and how we can address them. We want to encourage them to offer the best level of profes- sional service possible to GETBA businesses. “Companies have different needs and we’re doing something we feel can help. “People in the home environment can get involved with Neighbour- hood Support, but businesses typi- cally don’t have the time.” GETBA keeps its 2000 members informed of crimes or incidents in the area by sending out email alerts. The Know Your Neighbour crime prevention project follows work done by Counties Manukau East Police and GETBA that’s seen bur- glaries in East Tamaki fall by 80 per cent since 2006. Reported commercial burglaries in East Tamaki averaged 34 a month in that year. The number has fallen to an aver- age of eight per month over the past two years. There were two reported commercial burglaries in East Tam- aki in July. Conducting a new project aimed at increasing commercial security are Botany community police constable Garry Boles and Coralee Carr, the Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA) executive officer for crime prevention. Times photo Wayne Martin Focused on security CRIME Scammers targeting the elderly By Chris Harrowell AN ELDERLY woman scammed by criminals discovered something was wrong when she arrived at her bank for a meeting and found its staff didn’t know she was coming. Acting detective sergeant Warrick Adkin, of Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit, says the 79-year-old was at her home in Millen Avenue, in Pakuranga, when targeted on Sunday, September 8. “As she was out in her garden, the offender or offenders appear to have entered her property through the open back door,” Mr Adkin told the Times. “ They stole her handbag, which contained her bank cards. “ The victim was later phoned by someone claiming to be from ASB Bank. “ They said her bank card had been stolen and asked for her pin number, which she gave them. “ They also told her she had to come to the bank for a meeting about her card being stolen.” Following the phone call, the victim’s bank card was used to make purchases worth several thousands of dollars. Mr Adkin says people need to be alert while working outside their home. “If people are out in their garden, we advise them to lock their house,” he says. “ They should also be aware of other people in the area. “If a person receives a phone call from someone claiming to be from their bank, they should never give out their card’s pin number.” Mr Adkin says the elderly female victim didn’t initially realise something was wrong. “ When she got to the bank, staff told her something dodgy was going on.” Mr Adkin wants to hear from people who saw any suspicious behaviour in Millen Avenue, Pakuranga, on September 8, as well as anyone who’s experienced an incident similar to the elderly scam victim, but is yet to report it to police. People can phone acting detective sergeant Warrick Adkin on 538- 0308, or the Crimestoppers free and anonymous tip-off line on phone 0800-555 -111.
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