Community News Archive


Patrol provides extra eyes for police , Timaru Herald, 27 Nov 2012

Cape Coast crime stoppers launched Hawke's Bay Today, 12 Nov 2012

Decade of helping keep streets safer marked, Otago Daily Times, 1 Oct 2012

Southland Area crime drops further, New Zealand Police, 1 Oct 2012

Sharp eyes? Nelson Mail, 9 Sept 2012

Community patrol needs your help Nelson Mail, 9 Sept 2012

Patrollers get home base close to action Wanganui Chronicle, 8 Sept 2012

Patrol pledge arrives in the final hour Wairarapa Times Age, 11 August 2012

Community patrols in Hutt City Hutt City Council, 2 August 2012

Patrol gets camera but needs car Wairarapa Times Age, 11 July 2012

Community patrol gets behind police Marlborough Express, 11 July 2012

Patrols gear up on vandalism Taranaki Daily News, 5 July 2012

Making Stratford safer, Taranaki Daily News, 14 June 2012

Watchdog seeks new recruits, Star Canterbury, 7 May 2012

New wheels for Rakaia Community Patrol, Ashburton Guardian, 26 March 2012

Rally hits the road in the Wild West - Western Leader, 13 March 2012

Police community patrol seeking more volunteers, Otago Daily Times, 3 March 2012

Community Patrol hits the road in Petone Petone Herald, 7 Feb 2012

Community patrol gets higher visibility - Northern Courier, 31 Jan 2012

Locals keep police busy 4 Jan 2012


Patrol ever-watchful 22 Dec 2011

Attacks prompt call for more police in Paihia, Northern Advocate, 7 November 2011

Vandalism-busters gain grant despite opposition Waikato Times, 26 October 2011

Group wants more community patrols, Otago Daily Times, 10 October 2011

Community patrol - Auckland Council, 23 September 2011

Dunedin police to use eye in the sky - Otago Daily Times, 6 September 2011

Wellington Police District staff honoured at Safety in the City Awards - New Zealand Police, 6 Sep 2011

To serve and prevent - The Aucklander, 13 August 2011

Police call for help on car crime - East & Bays Courier, 13 July 2011

Community Patrol ready for ignition [PDF, 111 KB] Westport News, 30 June 2011

Community patrollers meet - 25 June 2011

New Christchurch Community Patrol Seeks Volunteers 21 June 2011

Patrollers pool strengths to fight crime - June 2011

Orewa Community Patrol - relevant offers - June 2011

Keep the wheels of justice turning 11th May 2011

Whangarei Community Patrol - Facebook

Eyes and ears on patrol - Howick and Pakuranga Times, 29 March 2011

Police: More work needed to change drinking culture

Doing something about crime

Councillor concerned for Stonefields security

Extra checks cut crimes

Crimewatch Patrol on watch

Papamoa neighbourhoods combat crime

91-Year-Old Crime Fighter Looking for a Sidekick!

91-Year-Old Crime Fighter In New Zealand battlin' ashore

Solo missions over for Waipawa patrolman, 91

Kiwi Batman told to get new sidekick

Waipawa war veteran, 91, told to stop solo patrols

91-year-old crime-fighter told to stay home at night

Success of patrols expected to grow

Heightened police presence pays off

Simon Marsh Newsletter

Freedom campers to be left alone

Booze blitz targets Wairarapa

Hutt council plans to reduce crashes and crime

Community Patrols Start in Wellington South

New Community Patrols for Wellington's eastern and southern suburbs

Murchison feels the shake

Community Patrols New Zealand-Westland District Council

Richmond boosts community patrol

Earthquake leads to surprise reunion

Christchurch police station back on the beat

Wave to cameras, farewell to wave

Police deny crackdown on RWC fun

Police unite against drink culture 



By Genevieve Helliwell, Bay of Plenty Times, 8th June 2010

In the dead of night, Keith and Shirley Carter sit in their patrol vehicle and melt into the shadows with their thermos of hot coffee.

They are the police watchdogs and scout the suburbs in a bid to keep trouble-makers off the street.

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Source: Whakatane Beacon, Wednesday, 14 April 2010

WHAKATANE’S dedicated community patrol vehicle is proving its worth.

In July last year, with a $12,000 grant from the Whakatane community board, Whakatane Community Patrol obtained its own van.

The Beacon recently joined patrollers Arthur Van Thiel and Whakatane mayor Colin Holmes as they roamed the town’s streets in the van, fitted with four cameras filming simultaneously in front, behind and to either side.

The camera can hold 60 hours of footage and progressively overwrites the oldest material. Spotlights attached to the roof illuminate shop doorways, windows and other sights out to the van’s side.

On the night the Beacon accompanied the patrollers it was very quiet. There was no hint of nefarious activity as we cruised the central business district, school grounds and alleys, and the industrial yards of businesses in Valley Road and Te Tahi Street.

Mr Van Thiel drove while Mr Holmes noted when the van called at different locations. Whakatane Community Patrol secretary and former chairman John Renshaw said the service, which began in Whakatane in 1991, has 40 volunteer patrollers, or night owls, as they are often referred to. Its men and women volunteers are aged from 21 to 80-plus.

The van is on the road at night during the week and for one daytime shift, and at additional times during special events, such as New Year and the recent New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships.

“We’re concerned citizens interested in keeping our town a safe place. We’re not police but we work in closely with them,” Mr Renshaw said. Patrollers have spotted burglaries in progress and been able to advise police.

A man was once spotted kicking in a plate glass window. He cut his leg and collapsed on the pavement due to blood loss. A patroller on duty with first aid experience was able to stop the bleeding “and may have saved his life”, Mr Renshaw said.

One of his memorable experiences was alerting the police to two men carrying a sack late at night. The pair’s claim the bag contained an eel proved accurate, and the patrollers drove off feeling sheepish.

Mr Renshaw said the service was always on the lookout for new volunteers.

Anyone keen to join should contact patrol chairman Stuart Lougher on 07 3088643, or Community Constable Spike Dickey at the Whakatane Police Station.


1 April, 2010 - 09:12

Police report a 7 percent increase in recorded crime in Nelson Bays in the 2009 calendar year, up from 9,030 recorded offences in 2008 to 9,648 in 2009. Over the same period the resolution rate dropped from 54.5 percent to 52.9 percent, but is still well above the national average of 47.8 percent.

The rise in total recorded crime has been driven by increases in two offence categories:

  • Dishonesty – up by 15 percent from 3,812 to 4,370 recorded offences, and
  • Violence – up by 7 percent from 1,199 to 1,284 recorded offences.

Nelson Bays Area Commander, Detective Inspector John Winter said the 7 percent increase in the total number of recorded violence offences has been driven almost entirely by an increase in recorded family violence, up 14%.

"The results are consistent with the national picture, where we have seen significant increases in recorded family violence offences since the roll-out of mandatory training to all front-line staff in 2007 and publicity campaigns about family violence," said Detective Inspector Winter.

Many people may now be reporting to Police family violence offences which in the past may not have come to Police attention. What these figures do tell us is that Police are dealing with more matters as family violence offences.

Detective Inspector Winter said Nelson Bays Police treat domestic violence very seriously and take a firm line on all situations to ensure the safety and welfare of all concerned. To assist with this, Police are working extremely closely with other Government Agencies in identifying vulnerable families, and ensuring all possible measures are in place to provide safety and assistance to them. The Criminal Investigation Branch continues to investigate serious allegations and 'High Risk' families and Community Section visit repeat offenders.

25 percent of those families requiring Police intervention have been subject to a domestic dispute in the previous 12 months. It is pleasing to see the community also has little tolerance of Family Violence and are quick to report it.

The Drugs and Anti-Social offence category increased by 2 percent compared to 2008, driven mainly by an increase in Cannabis offences (+98 offences). This was offset by a drop in Disorder offences (-79 offences). "Nelson Bays Police acknowledge that a large amount of dishonesty offending occurs to allow the criminal concerned to support their drug or alcohol habit. Disorderly behaviour is also fuelled by drugs and alcohol. By taking a zero tolerance approach and focusing resources on the supply and possession of these substances police are able to mitigate further anti-social activity and reduce the harm to the community," said Detective Inspector Winter.

The decrease in Property Damage offences was driven entirely by Wilful Damage offences, which decreased by 45 offences from last year.

"Traditionally this type of crime reporting is high due to Police asking the public to report all damage, no matter how minor, so we can allocate resources to directly impact on the problem. The Richmond Community Patrol initiative between Community Members, Police and Tasman District Council is a major contributing factor to the reduction in reported damage in the Waimea area. Working closely with Police patrols in the weekend, they have become an extra set of eyes and ears for the deterrence, prevention and detection of offences.

Recorded Dishonesty offences increased 15 percent in 2009, driven mainly by increases in Burglary (+230 offences), Theft (+196 offences), and Car Conversion (+83 offences) offences. Due to the current high price for scrap metal, Burglaries and Thefts involving Scrap Metal, especially copper, have increased in Nelson Bays.

Teenagers supporting drug and alcohol habits have also contributed to the increase in recorded offending as they steal items, often difficult to identify, that they can trade for cash or drugs to support their habits. Both Rural and Urban addresses have had increases in reported offences attributed to several active groups.

Because a number of these offences have occurred to insecure properties by offenders being opportunistic, Police stress the importance of the public locking their vehicles and homes and using their common sense to deter criminal behaviour.



The police want members of the community to be their eyes and ears.

Newly appointed community constable Ian Anderson says a community patrol will do well in a tight-knit community such as Dargaville.



CPNZ will be launching projects to educate the general public of the Volunteer work that is being done all over New Zealand. Over the years Patrollers work has earned the respect of Police and Government. But the general Public know little of our contribution to the Countries safer communities.
Operation Shield the Nation will see at the entrance of towns all over the country, our CPNZ logo. Just as we are used to seeing Rotary, Lions and other organizations Logos. Our Logo will now be placed beside them.


BP have advised a contribution of $6500 worth of petrol vouchers. We are very grateful to BP for this support.











2 May 2009
John McCrone - Mainland feature writer
The Press - Christchurch

Without pause, another policeman is telling of a group of irate women demanding entry to a central city bar. We can hear their banshee shrieking in the background as he laconically describes the scene to the girl in the control room. I catch some comment about pepper spraying a couple of them. The shrieks increase.
Back on channel 1, the radio is reporting a three-car rear-ender at the lights. Magically, a few seconds later, we round the corner into Harper Avenue and there it is before our eyes. Bent cars at odd angles. Passengers and drivers in their separate huddles, looking lost.

We sail past. I am learning Community Watch does not have time for rubbernecking. It has its own job to do and really is not a surrogate police force.

Another laconic report on the radio. Apparently a gang of 12 skinheads are storming the party of students we saw earlier in Wainui Street. Knives observed. The team policing unit - a roving van with the batons and riot gear - has been called in.

Trouble seems to be breaking out everywhere we are not, I remark. All we are getting to see is mostly deserted streets. But we are doing our scheduled checks, says Parfitt. Again, that is our job.

We spot an abandoned supermarket trolley on the verge. Jill notes its location on her clipboard. Another small service of the Community Watch. It records the new graffiti, missing street signs, burst water mains, derelict cars, broken street lights. Lets the appropriate people know the next morning.

Don't you ever get any real action, I ask? Parfitt says they had to help the police cordon off Riccarton Rd the other week when kids left a shopping trolley on the tracks and stopped the train.

Parfitt confesses he has never actually caught a tagger in the act. They are too slippery. But he often arrives at the scene with the paint still wet, some youths looking shifty.

He and Jill have had their moments. There were the four boys and girls they spotted with a large suitcase at a bus stop in Fendalton. The boys were wearing jackets and ties. They could have been tourists headed for the airport.

But Parfitt has a nose for the suspicious. There had been a local break- in. He parked up at a suitable distance and called the police to make the arrests.

At night-time, the streets are full of watching eyes, really, says Parfitt. There are the taxi drivers, the security firms, the tow truck operators. They know when things are out of place, when the police should be alerted.
Well past midnight, we give Wharenui primary a last once-over and also drive down Wainui St. No sign of skinheads or police. The garden bonfire is just glowing embers.

Jill, who is more experienced at interpreting police radio shorthand, tells me it was two parties on facing sides of the road getting entangled. A bit of lip followed by some teeth-baring, most probably. Nothing major.
For Christchurch, it has been a quiet Friday night, says Parfitt. Certainly nothing that will make any newspaper headlines tomorrow.

We turn into the Parfitt's own street just in time to see a boy racer pull up and a passenger stagger towards the nearest bushes with a determined look. Jill laughs. We know what he needs to do, she says.

Parfitt casts a playful spotlight over the lad as he fumbles for his fly. Now come on Geoff, says Jill, it really is time for our own beds.

Parfitt says it is just to let him know someone is watching. The blundering beasts of the night, the meandering 1K-ed herd, needs to be kept gently reminded that the city has not entirely been given over to them once the sun has set. Even if it sometimes sounds like it.

A WATCHFUL EYE - Riccarton Community Watch

According to the census, 12.5 per cent of Christchurch residents do some kind of voluntary service.
The age of Riccarton Community Watch volunteers ranges from 18 to 80.
With nearly 300 streets in its patch of Christchurch, RCW has 140km of road to patrol.
Over eight years, RCW reported 7000 abandoned supermarket trollies, 76 stolen cars and 2300 malfunctioning street lights.
Community Watch training includes a defensive driving course, first-aid and use of a police radio


Tuesday April 7, 2009

Patrol Chairperson Colin Lowry said the patrol committee chose to give the car to the Maori wardens because they do complementary patrol work.

The donated car is a 1984 Datsun Bluebird which was originally donated to the Community patrol by local family the Closey’s.

The keys were presented by Mr Lowry to Maori warden co-chairpersons Richard Noble and Stewart Walker (Ngawaka).

Mr Noble wished to thank the Community patrol and the Closey family on behalf of the Maori Wardens.
“It’s a very rare thing today, for so many community groups to cooperate and come together like this,” he said.

The car will improve the mobility of warden patrols and their scoping ability to identify hotspots, he said.
Mr Walker said the car will be the only vehicle owned by the Maori wardens, with existing patrols being performed on foot or in one of the warden’s personal vehicles.

Acting Police Area Commander Inspector Gary Hill said he had noticed the community spirit of Papakura since transferring to the area recently.

The multi-agency approach to tackling crime in Papakura by the Community patrol, Maori wardens and the general public enabled the police to be more effective, he said.

“The more eyes and ears out there, the better opportunity we have to prevent and suppress crime.”
The Community patrol was recently given a council grant to buy a new vehicle, leaving them with a spare.


Tuesday April 7, 2009

Prime Minister John Key has donated a very smart Holden Calais to a community patrol for the Helensville electorate

A car donated by John Key has given a kick start to a community patrol aimed at preventing crime in his Helensville electorate.

Sergeant Mike Colson says the thirty volunteers are undergoing training at the moment and he hopes they will be able to start before the end of April. But he says they would not be able to do that without a car, so they were fortunate to get the Prime Minister's very smart Holden Calais VX. He says it is the envy of all community patrols.