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Eyes and Ears for the Police

It took just six months from MARA committee’s decision to set up the
Mt Albert Community Patrol as a MARA initiative, to the first patrollers hitting the streets. Launched in March 2011, the patrol is a voluntary group of people giving some of their time to help the Police make their community a safer environment in which to live.

The patrol works with the police, rather than for the police, sharing “intelligence”, acting as 'eyes and ears' for police, and being a general deterrent for any would-be troublemakers. Patrolling their community in pairs, patrollers note anything that could be suspicious and inform police immediately of incidents requiring urgent attention. The patrol is based out of the Mt Albert Community House on New North Road.

Anyone is welcome to apply to help out, providing they are willing to be vetted by police, abide by a code of conduct and undergo formal training. Patrollers take turns every few weeks to patrol Mt Albert.

Since the launch, there has been a noticeable impact in the community, with the patrols successfully assisting the police, and helping to discourage taggers and young people from drinking in the area.

“There’s a really good community feel about it – all the patrollers get a big kick out of doing something like this,” says Tony Mayes, the MARA committee member who took on the job of setting up the Mt Albert patrols.


Patrol Car
Mr Mayes, who has been awarded a Community Safety Award, says community support is key to its success, with a number of local businesses helping out with equipment, food and petrol vouchers. Vision Rentals is one of the contributors, chipping in for cell phones, and hi-viz jackets for the crew. PSL Ltd sponsored expensive torches, and Sal Rose restaurant feeds the patrollers pizza for free on patrol nights. Pyrenees French Delicatessen donates money for petrol every month, as does Alberton Fine Foods. Repco (Grey Lynn) and Firestone (St. Lukes) have donated products, and Sopers have supplied a lockbox. Goodwin Property Management have given the patrols the use of a bright yellow Nissan S-Cargo car (pictured). Other sponsors include Noel Leeming, VRS Vehicle Repair Services (Penrose) and Speedy Signs (Newmarket). “We couldn’t do it without them,” says Mr Mayes.

The patrols would also not be possible without the contributions of time made by each of the volunteers. MARA wishes to extend a huge, grateful THANK YOU to all members of Mt Albert’s Community Patrol.

The patrol is always looking for more volunteers to help keep the streets of Mt Albert safe. Any citizen who has a caring attitude to their community may offer their services either as a patroller or in an organising or administrative role. Contact Tony Mayes directly on 849 2745, email mayestony@hotmail.com or MARAsecretary@mtalbert.org.nz.

The Mt Albert Community Patrol is part of Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ), a national organisation that supports 117 patrols with 5000 members. More information can be found at www.communitypatrols.org.nz or
https://www.facebook.com/macpnz.


................Safety tips from NZ Police:

.............................Don't keep large sums of money at home
................................,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..............Insure all your valuables
.......................................Never invite strangers into your home
...................................Know your neighbours and clear each other’s mail box
..........,,,........................................Keep valuables out of sight
..............................Tell your neighbours if you’ll be away for any length of time
.,,................................When you leave home lock windows and doors
.............................Keep an eye on neighbouring properties
.......................................................and report anything suspicious
..................................,,....Be prepared for an emergency
....................................Don't hesitate to call 111 if you see anything suspicious

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