Police keep close eye on crime

Inspector Mark Fergus

Rodney area commander, Inspector Mark Fergus says residents will be noticing an increased Police presence in the community under the Level 4 restrictions.

“We are adapting and changing how we police, in response to the situation,” he says.

Although the number of house burglaries is expected to drop as people stay home, Inspector Fergus says Police are on the alert for changing crime patterns.

He says so far there have been no looting issues, and he does not expect any from our community.

“Crooks may try to take the opportunity to commit crime, but with the decreased traffic and increased staff, those up to no good will become very obvious,” he says. “We have also amended the way that we patrol to take into account closed businesses.”

Orewa Police station is fully staffed.

“We are leaving our homes every day so the community does not have to. That does have an impact, as our staff are ‘popping their bubble’ every day to keep people safe and secure. Our staff and their families are crucial to the success of this, and some of our staff are finding alternate ways to work.”

Like everyone else, Police are following Ministry of Health advice.

“We have a number of measures in place both from a wellness and operational perspective including strict hygiene protocols in police stations and facilities,” Inspector Fergus says.

He says frontline staff has access to personal protection equipment that includes splash goggles, surgical and respirator masks, sanitizers, gloves, wipes, and other cleaning agents.

Whangaparaoa Police station is closed to the public.

Where life or property is at immediate risk call 111. For all other matters contact the non-urgent police number, 105.

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