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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
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If your child: Dislikes reading Has trouble with comprehension Has trouble remembering what they have read Lacks motivation Can't spell Struggles to read fluently Cellfield in association with Kip McGrath Upper Hutt 3716177AC HELP IS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH CELLFIELD Ph 04 528 7707 www.kipmcgrath.co.nz Give your child the gift of reading. For a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help contact Patrick. CBD vandalism to be targeted By KAROLINE TUCKEY Police and city councillors have met with Upper Hutt business people to discuss ways to combat a recent spike in vandalism in the CBD. Groups met on Monday and Wednesday nights last week to talk about concerns and tactics to combat crime and did a walk-through of the city examining security. Experience Upper Hutt always try to do a walk- through, but with the spate of increased property damage through the CBD over the past month we needed to do this sooner rather than later . . . because of the things that have been happening, Upper Hutt City councillor and Experience Upper Hutt director Hellen Swales said. Many in the business community were con- cerned about the cost of an escalation in property damage, and while most were not concerned for personal safety there was growing worry about continuing costs to their businesses, she said. In recent weeks more than one shop has had its front door smashed in, police have picked up two youths for graffiti in the CBD and three others for etching the windows of about 10 Main St busi- nesses, estimated at nearly $100,000 to repair. Also an antiques store has been the victim of a smash and grab burglary, and a shopkeeper reported chasing a shoplifter down the main street to recover a large roast joint. The city centre needed more police patrols but would only get them if businesses reported all incidents so the full depth of the problem was clear, Ms Swales said. No matter how petty the crime is, it must be reported so the police get a good idea of the crime that s happening in the CBD and where it s happening, because if they don t tell anyone it s hard to get the numbers, and it s always a numbers game in terms of getting more patrols. The meetings had been constructive and well received, she said, with a focus on proactive ways to work together to fight crime. Several business owners present had also expressed interest in joining volunteer community patrols of the city and helping to monitor the council s network of closed circuit security cameras. So the community s getting behind it and get- ting together, and it has curbed some of that frus- tration and channelled it, Ms Swales said. Information was available to businesses through Experience Upper Hutt, the police and insurance companies on how to report incidents, how to deal with insurance claims, and how to help security- proof buildings. Small things like the location of objects outside and inside businesses and good lighting to assist security cameras could make a significant differ- ence, and were a simple way to help combat vandals, she said. Another CBD security talk and walk-through could be organised through Experience Upper Hutt if there was enough interest, Ms Swales said. Antiques raid, page 34 Most problems due to one group Much of the vandalism in the CBD is the work of one group, police say, but efforts to deal with the problem have met with frus- tration. Inspector Mike Hill, Upper Hutt s top cop, says police believe much of the spike in damage to Upper Hutt businesses this year is the work of about seven teenagers. They are very, very well- known to police and most of the shopkeepers in Upper Hutt. We are regularly picking them up, he said. Two of the boys were picked up last week for graffiti in the cen- tral city, while three others con- nected to the group had been spoken to in relation to damage to the windows of 10 Main St busi- nesses tagged with a diamond- tipped etching tool in the early hours of Monday, May 9. Police caught two of those responsible for the etching out- side a damaged store-front at about 1am after they were spot- ted in action. They were also caught on security camera. Damage from the etchings has been estimated at about $100,000 in total by one frustrated busi- nessman who said damage to his own store front would probably be up to $20,000. However, police are unable to charge the culprits. Charges won t be laid because of the age -- we are unable to charge them, they have been referred to youth aid, Mr Hill said. He sympathised with those frustrated by the situation but said a significant effort was being made behind the scenes to try to assist. Unfortunately it s not so well- known that there is a huge amount of intervention from police, CYFS and other social agencies. Council have worked with them as well, to the extent that the mayor has dragged a couple of these kids back to his office to talk to them and been working with the families. Our problem is here s kids who are deliberately wanting to be annoying, and very, very limited parental supervision and ability. However, Mr Hill was hopeful the problem could be solved proactively. I m optimistic this will all be sorted out, and the offending levels will reduce, but it s going to take some time.
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