Halswell has long been a very safe community with low levels of crime. Recently there has been a significant spike in crime, probably due the actions of a very small number of people, and for most of us this this is very unsettling.
It is good to remember that much of the crime is petty in nature. However, it is also important to remember to lock cars and homes, to remove valuables from cars, and generally to be security conscious. Please do make the effort to report any crime to the police. Even if they can’t do much straight away, they may be able to see patterns in what is going on which may help at a later date.
Remember too that we all actually still live in a community of pretty trustworthy people who care about their neighbours. There are regular discussions on Facebook and neighbourly where we see people actively helping each other out and thanking others for help, for example.
|Thanks to Halswell Miniature Trains for this pic!|
There are a range of things that we can do as a community to discourage crime. Setting up neighbourhood support groups, getting to know our neighbours, knowing what is going on in our community and knowing about groups that work to protect us are all useful.
If you are interested, the Halswell Community Project are running a meeting on Monday 20t June from 7.00 til 9.00pm to the Baptist Church at 6 Balcairn St to discuss this. A number of people will speak about what already goes on in our community and how we can work together to keep Halswell the safe place it has always been. There will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards.
For anyone who can’t make it or who wants to hear more, the Halswell Liaison Group is also discussing Neighbourhood Support groups at midday on Wednesday 29th June at Te Hāpua.