Crime Watch Patrols
Keeping our community safe.
Because we care!
A word from our Chairman
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The office, at the rear of the food court, was officially opened last Friday.
Dick Marshall, chairman of the Botany Crime Watch Patrol said when the first car patrol was established in April 2004 we broke every rule in the book, doing a lot of things we didn't have the skill sets to do.
It was a good thing though because we came back and said 'we have got to do things better'. So we worked on improving to create an environment that volunteers would want to join, he said.
Thirteen years on and it's still going strong. If nothing else, the word is out that we are in business, we are professional and want to do more work in the community and with the council.
Botany Town Centre management, he said, had been extremely good to the group for many years.
They've gifted us office space year after year.
Auckland Council Howick Ward councillor, Dick Quax acknowledged the group's work and the support that originally Manukau City Council and now Auckland Council gave; also the Botany Town Centre's contribution to the community.
Sometimes it takes a catalyst to get involved in the community, he said. For me it was a home invasion and I realised then that the only way to keep ourselves safe was not to rely totally on the police but look for the help of neighbours and the community,
That's why this patrol and community group is so important, he said. Your passion and persistence of the volunteers is important because I know you are not just patrolling, but doing other work in the community too.
Wendy Spiller, Counties Manukau East Police area commander said the relationship between the patrol group and the police was a true partnership which had realised a positive result over 13 years.
Because members of the community want it to be safe, they take ownership of their patch. We need you to continue to do that work. We can't be the eyes and ears everywhere, she said.
In the three years in my role I have seen the skill levels of the patrol increase. They are always looking at developing those skills. Aimlessly driving around achieves nothing. Patrols need a purpose.
The Botany Crime Watch Patrol office is at the Botany Town Centre rear food court entrance under the cinemas.
Botany Crime Watch volunteers have a new patrol base at the Botany Town Centre.
Nicholas Krause | Editor | Times Newspapers Ltd
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Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre, Auckland, New Zealand | PO BOX 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163
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