Manukau Courier : February 8th 2011
12 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 8, 2011 NEWS February 2011 Overview What you'll study Computer maintenance Email Customer service Entry details Youth Guarantee CERTIFICATE IN COMPUTING & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LEVEL 2 Quick facts Duration: Start: Fees: Time: NEVILLE ROGERS CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRE For further information contact Use of weapons worries police By NICOLA WILLIAMS Detective senior sergeant Dave Glossop Weapons ranging from machetes to iron bars have been used in a recent surge of robberies. Over November and December, we had 27 robberies in Counties Manukau East,'' Otara CIB head detective senior sergeant Dave Glossop says. Machetes, crowbars, knives, firearms, bottles, hammers, screwdrivers and iron bars have been some of the weapons of choice. It's always a concern how many firearms are used in robberies,'' Mr Glossop says. There have been varying degrees of organisation and professionalism in the crimes. He says some cash-in-transit robberies have been well organised, involving firearms and multiple stolen vehicles. And at the other end of the scale offenders have waited until two ATMs in Flat Bush were filled before trying to rob the delivery person of an empty bag. Mr Glossop says the usual rise in robberies before Christmas was not as large as usual because police have been proactive in putting preventative measures in place. And he says most cash-in-transit robbery attempts were unsuccessful. We're able to link several of the robberies with the same group of offenders and we've resolved about 50 percent of them so far.'' Bag snatches are still occurring but not as many. A lot of good work has being done in a district-wide initiative by the mobile police station in relation to that.'' Thieves look for vulnerable targets so Mr Glossop advises people to be aware of who is around them. ''Asian women are disproportion- ately represented but it's not exclus- ively Asian women who are victims.'' He says the people getting hurt in robberies are usually bag snatch victims because they try to hang on to their handbag while the offender forc- ibly removes it. There have also been multiple street robberies of cellphones when victims have been seen talking on them. Vulnerable people should limit their exposure to risk and some of them need to be commended for the personal responsibility they take but others really need to listen,'' he says. There have been several recent incidents of offenders targeting tills. Firms should leave tills open and empty overnight and mark them to help with identification if they are stolen.
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