Neighbourhood Support is all about knowing who your neighbours are and being there for them in times of need; also about how to contact them if you should need help.
Scotts Landing has been divided into 13 groups with Street Coordinators plus “Back up” Coordinators to establish an effective network of communication, not only for security, but also for any Civil Defence Event. Through e-mails we can share security information and concerns as well as updates provided by the Community Response Group.
The demographics of our community have changed with people moving out of central Auckland. Scotts Landing is now close to half permanent residents with many week-enders. There is still a need though to keep a look out for empty houses, especially with the growing popularity of the area and the steady flow of visitors down the peninsula. There have been no serious home incidents reported in the last year but this doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
Tips for Keeping Your Place Safe
Most burglaries are opportunist and happen when the owners are away.
*Shut and lock all doors, even if you are only going out for a short time or working in the garden.
*Close and lock all windows-burglars don’t like to smash glass.
*Do not “hide” keys outside your home or leave in an obvious place near windows or doors.
*Make sure valuables-including TVs and stereo systems cannot be seen from outside.
*Make your home look occupied when you’re away by using timers on radios and lights.
*Hide or lock away passports and official documents-identity fraud is on the rise.
*Don’t leave car keys near doors or windows.
*Ensure you have an up to date list and photographs of your valuables and keep copies in safe place.
*Let your neighbours know your holiday plans and who might be using your house while you are away.