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H Broken windows H Cat & dog doors H Glass splashbacks H Auto windscreens & door glass H Safety glass H Made to measure mirrors H Putty work H Table tops H Mirrors Then now’s the time to Replace Broken Glass Panels & Damaged Mirrors Free measure & quotes OFFICIAL statistics released on October 1 show a 6.5 per cent reduc- tion in recorded criminal offences in Counties Manukau East for the year ended June 30. When population increase is taken into account, crime fell 8.3 per cent. Inspector Wendy Spiller, Counties Manukau East Police’s prevention manager, says while the figures are positive, they could always be better. “There’s still work to be done,” she told the Times. “We’ll continue to build on these numbers with our community partners.” The Counties Manukau East Police area comprises Howick, Pakuranga, Botany, Flat Bush, East Tamaki, Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai and Otara. There were 9504 criminal offences recorded in Counties Manukau East to the end of last June, compared to 10,166 to June 30, 2012. The crime resolution rate has fallen from 46.9 per cent to 44.5 per cent. Key changes include reductions in fraud and deception, down 20.6 per cent; robbery and related offences, down 19.6 per cent; public order offences, down 18.8 per cent; bur- glary, down 13 per cent; and illicit drug offences, down 7.5 per cent. Among crimes that have increased are homicide, up from one to two; sexual assault, up 11.2 per cent; and theft and related offences, up 1.5 per cent. The two homicides in Counties Manukau East to June 30 are the alleged murders of 24-year-old Half Moon Bay man Henry Pan, on Feb- ruary 15, and of Dannemora resident Shalvin Prasad, 21, who was found dead on January 31. Both men’s respective alleged kill- ers are in custody, with their cases before the courts. Ms Spiller says the increase in recorded sexual offences, from 89 to 99, may be due to victims feeling more confident about reporting them to police. She says the fall in the number of robberies, from 102 to 82, is a result of proactive collaborative work between police and the Asian com- munity in particular. The drop in reported burglaries, from 1572 to 1368, is welcomed. “That means there were more than 200 fewer victims,” says Ms Spiller. “When you think about the huge growth of housing in our area, this is a significant decrease.” An increase in thefts, from 3166 to 3213, is something to work on. “This category includes things such as people stealing from shops and service station drive-offs,” says Ms Spiller. “As much as we’d like to have a police officer at every shopping cen- tre, it’s just not practicable. We work with retailers and commercial secu- rity staff to ensure they’ve got good loss-prevention practices.” Ms Spiller says the fall in fraud and deception offences, from 253 to 201, may be down to fewer people using cheques to pay for goods and services and an increase in the use of security cameras. The reduction in illicit drug offences, from 570 to 527, is due to police targeting drug sellers in Coun- ties Manukau East. “We’ve caused significant dis- ruption to tinnie houses and this number is a reflection of that,” says Ms Spiller. The large reduction in public order offences, from 1233 to 1001, indicates a decline in the misuse of alcohol. “We do a lot of work with licensed premises to ensure they aren’t breaching the Sale of Liquor Act,” says Ms Spiller. “We’re also assisting people whose teenage children are having parties, and do work around the liquor ban areas.” Ms Spiller says overall the figures show the positive difference police are making. “Counties Manukau East Police staff are committed to prevention first and focusing on the victims of crime,” she says. “This area is safe and it’s getting safer by the month.” Reported crime in the wider Coun- ties Manukau police district is down 5.3 per cent. Police forensic examiners at the Half Moon Bay property where Henry Pan was found dead in one of the two alleged murders committed in Counties Manukau East to the year ended June 30. Times photo Wayne Martin Eastern streets are getting safer The numbers of reported crimes continue to dip across South-East Auckland and police say the area is getting safer by the month, reports CHRIS HARROWELL.
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