Posted by Matthew Farrell
By Matthew Farrell, for Community Patrol.
There have been a couple of nights of significant vandalism in the Ōmokoroa area over the summer holiday period.
The first on Monday 30th December included the slashing of the Musa Sushi teardrop flag and the removal of drain covers at the Fresh Choice road front. Nearby, there was damage to the Tall Poppy real estate signage at Brendon Place, while on Hamurana Road, several letterboxes were damaged. One was reportedly thrown on the roof of a neighbouring property.
The noticeboard outside The Centre was considerably damaged (see photo) on the night of Friday 17th January, as well as minor damage to the car parking sign at Ōmokoroa Library.
The holiday season usually brings an increase in burglaries, thefts and car break-ins.
However, Neighbourhood Support advises that reported crime over the past month has been low in Ōmokoroa with just one burglary notified in Owen Place.
As Community Patrollers ourselves, we know from living here, talking to other locals and observing Facebook chatter that there is more low-level anti-social crime here than is being reported to Police, which paints a disproportionate official picture.
It is important to stay vigilant. If you see something suspicious or out of place, call the Police – either on the non-emergency 105 number or 111 if there is an immediate threat to people or property. This could very well prevent future theft or vandalism.
Posting on the Ōmokoroa Community Facebook page does not have the same impact.