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​Volunteers help make Summer Safe

 
With summer fast approaching the Summer Safe Carpark volunteers, who each year monitor our most popular beaches and tourist spots, are gearing up for another busy holiday season.

Updated: 1/12/2015 12:00 a.m.
Photograph of Summer Safe Volunteer at carpark.

With summer fast approaching the Summer Safe Carpark volunteers, who each year monitor our most popular beaches and tourist spots, are gearing up for another busy holiday season.

The Summer Safe Carpark programme aims to prevent theft and crime and increase the public’s awareness of ways to keep their property and themselves safe.

Whangarei District Council's City Safe representative, Cr Cherry Hermon said that the programme is definitely working. For the past 5 years there have been no thefts from cars during patrols by the volunteers who spent a combined 1,393 days patrolling carparks and keeping an eye on 73,550 cars between December and April.

“This is a great initiative, but it wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers who are great ambassadors for our District. We really appreciate the time they give up to support others,” Cr Hermon said.

The parking areas will be patrolled between 10am to 4pm on the weekends and public holidays by volunteers from the Onerahi, Tutukaka Coast and Hatea Lions Clubs, Whangarei Community Patrol (CPNZ), Police Volunteers (Blue Club), Whangarei Heads, Waipu and Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Clubs, Camp Waipu Cove, Ngunguru School Parent Teacher Association, and Tiki-Pride and the latest group to join are the TS Diomede Sea Cadets who will be patrolling the Town Basin car parks.

Summer Safe is one part of the overall Community Safety programme which also includes City Safe and CCTV in the CBD and the Town Basin. Over the past year we have expanded the City Safe operation in the CBD to include 4 night-time Community Officers, as ambassadors in the CBD between midnight and 4am every weekend.

Backed by Council, the Police, Northland Chamber of Commerce and all our volunteer organisations City Safe and Summer Safe are great examples of organisations working together to make Whangarei even better,” Cr Hermon said.

“The enthusiasm and reliability of the volunteers is key to the success of the programme and if anyone would like to get involved then they can contact any of the groups and volunteer their time,” Cr Hermon said.

Visitors using the carparks will be greeted by ambassadors wearing clearly identifiable, high-visibility, ‘City Safe’ vests, and will be given a ‘Warrant of Safety’ checklist about vehicle safety that also that carries the Summer Safe Carparks vehicle safety message – Hide it, Lock it, Report it.

This safety initiative is also partnering with the Northland Regional Council Civil Defence in promoting Coastal Tsunami awareness, and with the Cancer Society in promoting sun safety awareness.

Car Parks that will be patrolled:
Whale Bay, Whangarei Falls, AH Reed, Abbey Caves, Parihaka, Ruakaka, Ocean Beach, Waipu Cove and the Town Basin.

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