After a spate of burglaries the Green Island community is
being asked to come together and look out for their
Earlier this month houses in the Green Island area were
broken into and attempts were made to break into other
houses. Green Island School was also broken into and items
Neighbourhood Support Otago, the police and Green Island
School have got together and are holding an information night
for people interested in joining a Neighbourhood Support
Green Island Community Constable Fred Jansen said the
burglaries were a blip on the radar for Green Island, which
had a low level of crime and a high sense of community.
''Back in the old days you would tell your neighbour if you
were going away. Now I don't know if many people know their
neighbours well at all.''
It was not about people spying on their neighbours, it was
about being an ''extra set of eyes'' and noticing anything
suspicious, Const Jansen said.
Police had increased their patrols in the area along with
other groups such as community patrols and Neighbourhood
Support, but if people were looking out for their neighbours
it made everyone's job easier, he said.
''It's about strengthening the neighbourhood - people feel
better when they live on a nice street where people look out
for each other.''
Neighbourhood Support regional manager Sarah Hexamer said the
group had decided to run the information evening to see if
there was support for a Neighbourhood Support group in the
A similar group was set up in Fairfield two years ago after a
spate of burglaries and had worked, Mrs Hexamer said.
Green Island School already had a junior Neighbourhood
Support group and Mrs Hexamer said she hoped parents already
knew what Neighbourhood Support was all about and would get
behind the idea.
''It's about getting together and saying `let's stop this
from happening in the community','' she said.
The Neighbourhood Support information meeting will be held on
Wednesday, September 11 at the Green Island School library,
starting at 7pm.