Nine community organisations and dozens of SummerSafe volunteer ambassadors will again protect vehicles and provide a friendly, helpful service to people visiting the District’s busiest car parks.
1/12/2014 10:57 a.m.
Whangarei District Council community safety officer David Palmer said the SummerSafe Carpark campaign focuses on reducing theft from vehicles and creating a positive experience for locals and visitors to popular tourist destinations.
“It has been a great success since it kicked off in 2011. It has had a 100% success rate, with no vehicles being broken into or stolen during patrol hours from sites that are part of the programme, and great feedback from visitors who have appreciated the directions and information given to them by the ambassadors,” Mr Palmer said.
The Ministry of Justice Crime Prevention Unit has agreed to sponsor this successful programme again this year. A koha of $500 will go towards mileage for each organisation that takes part.
“We plan to have ambassadors confirmed at all our SummerSafe carparks this year, over the weekends and statutory Holidays from Saturday 6 December 2014, through to Monday 6 April 2015. This entails 18 weekends in total, as well and the eight statutory holidays over Christmas, New Year, Auckland Anniversary, Waitangi Day and Easter.”
The programme also provides a great opportunity for your organisations to fund raise each weekend in the carparks, whether by holding sausage sizzles, selling cold drinks, or just having a donation bucket, as most visitors are only too pleased to have ambassadors in the carparks looking after their valuables. We are also planning to partner up with the Cancer Society again this year, to promote sun safety awareness, as well as our own carpark safety messages.