Police: free programme to help keep property safe

The latest edition of Ten One Community Edition, the New Zealand Police online magazine, has an article about SNAP, a programme to help people keep their property safe. The following is an extract from the article:

Police are promoting the online Serial Number Action Partnership (SNAP) to help people keep their property safe.

SNAP allows members of the public to record information about their property, including serial numbers and unique identifiers, in a free and secure online system at www.snap.org.nz. This makes their items more secure and, in the case of loss or burglary, more easily traceable.

You can register you items at the SNAP website here.

Community Policing

The December issue of Ten One – Community Edition, the New Zealand Police online magazine has a brief article on community policing in Christchurch, and especially Avonside. The article is here.

Police support for quake-hit suburbs

Christchurch Police have issued a news release describing efforts to provide extra support to residents in the Avonside and Dallington areas. Some extracts from the news release are reproduced below. The full press release can be found here.

Christchurch Police are stepping up their support for residents in quake-hit Avonside with a Police bus providing a presence in the area over the coming weeks.

Christchurch Central Area Commander Derek Erasmus says a “booze bus” will be pressed into service from today [Thursday 9 December], to provide a mobile community base for Police liaison with Avonside residents.

“The bus will be a regular presence in the area for a couple of days each week,” says Inspector Erasmus.

“It will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns, as well as providing a visible reminder that we’re there to support and help the local community.”

Police will be delivering flyers to residents, advising when they will be in the suburb and where they will be based.

Looter sentenced to imprisonment

The New Zealand Herald (Auckland) is often the quickest newspaper off the block. This afternoon they reported that a man had been sentenced to 17 months jail for looting (although his sentence included time for other offences).

Less well know (almost invisible really) is the Christchurch website Christchurch Court News which gives a daily account of the comings and goings in the Christchurch courts. They carry the story of the looter as well as the sentencing of another person for shoplifting (the shoplifitng being “doubly bad” to retailers struggling afterr the earthquake).