Manukau Courier : December 21st 2010
12 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS GLS_03 Newmarket Connection: 4th lane extension Southern Motorway closures Stay informed: Freephone: 0508 CONNECT (266 6328) View project footage & photos: www.nzta.govt.nz/newmarketconnection The southbound lanes of the Southern Motorway (SH1) between Market Road and Greenlane will be closed each night from 8.30pm to 8am on 2, 3, 4 January. Please follow the signposted detour along Great South Road. The NZTA thanks Aucklanders for their patience and support, and wishes all motorists and local residents a safe and happy holiday. manheimfowles.co.nz Enter Here 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri Ph: 09 918 0500 Budget Car Aucton • All makes and models • Trade-Ins, Excess Stock & Reposessions Large range of vehicles for aucton every Thursday at 12noon. Open for viewing from 9am MCCAA-MC101109 Average house price up Higher value homes in the Manukau Courier s circulation area were in greater demand in November. And that helped push up the average sale price for the month to $347,000, says real estate firm Barfoot & Thompson The average sale price was 8 percent higher than the aver- age sale price for the past 12 months, man- aging director Peter Thompson says. This lift in the aver- age sale price has been pushed along by the sale of 10 homes in excess of $400,000. The strength of prices at the high end of the market un- derlines the confidence people have in house values over the medium term. Mr Thompson says the number of homes sold in the area in the past 12 months is up 7 percent on the previous 12-month period. The average sales price over the past 12 months has declined slightly. This time last year the average sell- ing price for the pre- vious 12 months was $326,000 and is now $321,000. Police say think like a thief to deter burglars By DAVID TAURANGA Good advice: Manurewa acting inspector Tony Van is urging home and business owners to think like a thief. Police are urging home and business owners to investigate how they can make their properties safe and secure these holidays. The plea comes as part of a police campaign aiming to help people avoid becoming victims of burglary. In a bid to make sure locals receive important security tips 40,000 colourful flyers will also be distributed to at risk areas identified by police. But the key thing people can do is think like a thief , Manurewa acting inspector Tony Van says. By doing this it won t take long to figure out whether they are at risk of being burgled and what steps can be taken to prevent that. With 300 extra staff now working in the dis- trict and the creation of neighbourhood policing teams, more police officers will be patrolling problem areas. Mr Van says if home and business owners do their bit they will reduce the chances of being burgled. More police means the greater the chance of being caught if you are a burglar, he says. Some key safety messages from Counties Manukau police: Homeowners Lock doors and windows Record serial numbers and photograph expens- ive electronic items and valuables Keep valuables out of sight Install an alarm system Get sensor lights Keep garden sheds and garages locked when not in use -- and make sure those ladders are tucked away Keep hedges or plants well trimmed -- don t give the burglar a place to hide Stop mail and newspapers if you re going away or arrange for someone to collect it Keep your house secure when out in the garden Use a chain on the door -- don t open the door to strangers unless the chain is attached Record registrations of suspicious vehicles -- often burglars will scope out a place beforehand Join or form a Neigh- bourhood Support Gr- oup. Commercial prem- ises Have a monitored alarm system in place Install CCTV camera or surveillance system Report any incidents or break-ins no matter how minor Record serial numbers of electronic items and other expensive goods Property mark your equipment If closing down for the Christmas period or an extended time have someone check the prem- ises regularly for break- ins. Visit the police website www.police.govt.nz for more information. There is a link to Safety Tips, Keeping Safe At Home and Reducing the Burglar s Opportunities. Ifyouseeany suspicious activity contact your local police station, or if you see a crime being committed call 111 immediately. Heart appeal calls for help Volunteer to support the Heart Foundation during its annual appeal and you could be helping to stop New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease. The foundation is call- ing for volunteers for February 11, 2011, when it hits the streets to col- lect donations to support its work. Volunteers should be able to give up a couple of hours of their time to collect donations at locations in their local community and shopping districts. The 2011 annual appeal campaign will focus on the impact premature and prevent- able heart disease has on New Zealand families, foundation regional operations manager Dar- ryl Bishop says. To help keep our fam- ilies and communities together for longer, it s more vital than ever that New Zealanders get behind our annual appeal -- heart disease remains the single biggest killer of men and women in New Zealand and heart attacks are increasing in younger adults. With volunteer sup- port we can continue to make great progress towards our goal -- to stop New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease. If volunteers pull together an appeal team of six or more people they ll also be given double movie passes and discount vouchers for a night at the movies cour- tesy of Event Cinemas. As a non-profit, non- government organis- ation, the foundation relies on the generous support of everyday New Zealanders. Donations from the appeal will be used to support regional activi- ties such as health pro- motion and work in schools. Call 571-9191 or go to www.heartfoundation. org.nz to register to be part of the appeal team.
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