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Bay Harbour: August 24, 2016

Bay Harbour: August 24,

FREE Wednesday august 24 2016 379 7100 Bay Harbour News Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Brookhaven, Heathcote, Ferrymead ,Redcliffs, Mt. Pleasant, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Akaroa Black Billed Gull Deb Beesley Your local hills and Bayside specialist. You’ll be sold! M: 027 280 8837 E: deb.beesley @harcourts.co.nz LICENSED SALES CONSULTANT REAA 2008 GRENADIER Residents want better police coverage in port • By Annabelle Dick Heathcote Valley FRUSTRATED Lyttelton residents want more police presence to deter burglars and thieves. Residents Brett Partel and Paul Dietsche addressed the Lyttelton-Mt Herbert Community Board last week after hearing concerns from other people about the increase in crime in the port. Mr Partel had his trailer stolen from his Cressy Tce property in July and said he knows of another five trailers that have been taken from the area. Mr Dietsche said residents have told him about vandalism and fuel siphoning from cars, and work vehicles that have had tools stolen from them. “It’s worrisome – we love living here and we love the community so we want to see if something can be done,” Mr Dietsche said. They want police on call in Lyttelton outside of the current 8am-5pm Monday to Friday coverage, and CCTV cameras placed in the port. Police from Christchurch cover the area outside of the hours above. Five officers and a supervisor are based at Lyttelton. The pair want police to pour more resources into the community and see CCTV cameras installed to deter burglars. “I see not having a full-time police station as being an issue, I can’t get hold of them, when I have issues I have to phone up central to get put through to Lyttelton police. They don’t answer the phone, they don’t return messages,” Mr Partel said. Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel told the community board police had to stick to budgets when allocating resources. He said police from Christchurch can easily attend when Lyttelton-based police couldn’t. Senior Sergeant McDaniel suggested introducing CPTED (Criminal prevention through environmental design) to the area which involves retrofitting the town to make it less susceptible to crime. London St businesses including Civil & Naval, The Shroom Room and Lyttelton Coffee Company are just a few of several businesses who have been burgled in the past few months. Shroom Room staff member Lisa Isbiter said the cafe was hit twice two months ago and a till was stolen which contained a year’s tip collection. Civil & Naval had two kegs of beer stolen from their site on July 27. Owner Louis Dyer said there’s a security system installed but the kegs were situated out back away from the camera’s view. Senior Sergeant McDaniel said residents could help themselves by not becoming easy targets for burglars and thieves, like hiding trailers from sight, and locking Lyttelton BURGLARY VICTIM: Civil & Naval owner Louis Dyer says opportunists are taking advantage of local businesses. Residents want to see the police station manned longer and officers out in force more often to reduce burglaries in the area. PHOTO: ANNABELLE DICK doors. “There’s a lot of opportunists out there – a lot of people who commit crimes aren’t out there to do it, they just see the opportunity and take it,” Senior Sergeant McDaniel said. The community board is looking to install a mobile camera to move around crime hot spots. HAVE YOUR SAY: Is there enough police coverage in Lyttelton and the bays? Tell us your experiences by emailing annabelle.dick@ starmedia.kiwi inspiring young minds 20 Hours Free for 3 & 4 yrs old Three age specific rooms plus School prep Teaching room For full information please visit our website www.hvp.co.nz Come in for a visit and experience the difference Ph 03 384 9249 108 Port hills Rd, heathcote Valley Lyttelton Tunnel Ferrymead Heritage Park Port Hills Rd Tunnel Rd We are here Bridle Path Rd Martindales Rd Visit: www.superliquor.co.nz or call 0800 SUPERL (0800 787 375) for your local store. Over 122 stores nationwide, 100% locally owned and operated. Offers end close of trade 28th of August 2016, while stocks last. Available at participating stores only. Limits may apply at participating outlets. Trade not supplied. Terms and conditions may apply. Available 15th – 28th of August 2016 inclusive. Please see www.superliquor.co.nz for details. *OFFER VALID WEDNESDAY 24TH TO SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016. LIMITS MAY APPLY. WHILE STOCKS LAST. AVAILABLE AT PARTICIPATING STORES ONLY. 42 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton. 328 7744