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Bay Harbour: September 12, 2018

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Wednesday September 12 2018 News More community patrol volunteers wanted • By Matt Salmons MORE community patrols maybe seen in Lyttelton. But more volunteers are needed. Sumner to City Community Patrol chairman Allan Bain said the group managed one patrol most days, but he wanted two patrols, every day. “The more we are out there, the less crime will happen,” Mr Bain said. “We’re a deterrent.” Lyttelton Police Sergeant Franco Lovrich said the patrols were getting “a bit stretched” with their numbers. “They’re out there, reporting, keeping the community safe by notifying police of any suspicious behaviours. “They’re certainly a value to the community,” Sergeant Lovrich said. Mr Bain said most of his 45 volunteers were retired and could only commit to four hours a month. “We’d really need to have some younger people and people willing to do more hours. CRIME-STOPPING: One of the Sumner to City Community Patrol vehicles. ​ “Ideally we’d really need around 55 [people].” While the volunteer patrol had two vehicles, it had not yet had them patrolling simultaneously. “We would really like someone to do nights for us. Saturday nights can be almost impossible.” The group covered “a fair chunk of area” between Sumner, Lyttelton and Linwood and reported incidents of tagging, suspicious behaviour, property damage or littering to police. Mr Bain said the latest city council statistics showed the areas covered by the patrols had some of the “lowest levels of graffiti Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi in Christchurch.” As volunteers, maintenance on the group’s vehicles was funded through donations and fundraising efforts. Fuel was provided by police. Mr Bain said members normally did not leave the vehicle on patrol so only needed “good eyes and the ability to walk.” “We’re purely moving police signs. If you see a community patrol car, you probably don’t want to commit a crime right? “You’re doing something for the community, you’re helping the community. That’s the bottom line,” Mr Bain said. BAY HARBOUR PAGE 7