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Senior Constable Deb Hann – On the Beat

I hope you have had a good week. You know it is Autumn when the fog starts rolling in.

Just a quick reminder first up, to manually turn on your vehicle head lights.  If you have them set to auto mode, fog will not trigger them to turn on as it is simply not dark enough.

Vehicles can be very hard to see in fog which increases the risk of crashes.   The AON Maadi Regatta is also coming to Lake Karapiro next week.  This is the National Championships for school rowing in New Zealand and competitors will be arriving in town from the end of this week.  The event will bring increased traffic so remember to be patient, allow a little extra time for travel and keep your speed down. Be seen and drive safe.

In my good news roundup for the week, the smell of cannabis has definitely been in the air. Last Thursday, police went to an address looking for a male who was the subject of a warrant to arrest.  They found not only the male but cannabis growing in the garden too.  On the same day, local investigations resulted in the seizure of large cannabis plants from a different residential address in Cambridge East.

Finally I am also happy to advise that police have now arrested and charged a male in connection with the burglary of a commercial enterprise in Leamington at the start of March.  He has appeared before the courts on this and other charges.

In the past week, I was happy to be invited to speak with the volunteers at Busy Bee Op Shop, Union Parish Church. It was great to meet them and provide some retail loss prevention tips and guidance. It is such a shame when people target charity op shops as it takes not only from them, but from the greater community who benefit from their grants.

Let’s keep removing opportunity through clever shop design, immediately reporting crime, and holding people to account either immediately or through follow-up enquiries. In this way we work towards making Cambridge less attractive as a shoplifting target to our out-of-town offenders.

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