A petition by local resident Nigel McKenzie aroused public conversation about Police staffing numbers in Feilding and the Manawatū District, which prompted the question: how can people increase their own safety and prevent crime in their communities?
Our general manager was subsequently interviewed by Sinead Gill from the Manawatu Standard and Helen King from Manawatū People’s Radio, about how Neighbourhood Support plays a role in supporting safe, connected, and resilient communities.
Although police have a responsibility to protect people, we also have a lot of responsibility and ability to protect each other. Neighbourhood Support receives crime statistics from police, which we’ve recently started sharing weekly to affected areas, so that our members can respond more quickly with information that may assist Police with their enquiries.
But Police can’t do anything if the crime isn’t reported, so if you witness suspicious behaviour call 105, and 111 for emergencies. You can also report non-emergencies through the online tool.
Listen to the full MPR interview below.