Crime Line

Crime Line

29 August 2018

Welcome to all of the International athletes for this year’s Audi Quattro Winter Games. I hope you enjoy Wanaka’s hospitality and the competition against our local stars.

This week the action hasn’t just been up at Cardrona. Police have dealt with plenty of unwanted action in and around town. A common theme in these incidents being wilful damage to people’s property.

Below are some of the incidents we have attended this week:

On Friday a jet boat hit a sand bar at speed in Homestead Bay, several people required medical attention. Thanks to Wanaka River Journeys and other members of the public for coming to the rescue who along with St Johns, got everyone to safety.

A minor vehicle crash occurred outside Puzzling World. This is often a busy area and people need to stay alert for vehicles both entering and leaving the complex.

On Sunday morning residents of Mt Iron Drive woke up to discover someone had walked down there street causing significant damage to several vehicles and properties. A car tyre was slashed, windbreak fencing slashed and another vehicle sustained a deep scratch down one side. It’s quite a concern that someone was walking around our town with such an instrument, we would love to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything. On a positive note this has the neighbours talking and looking out for each other.

Two males were spotted on CCTV walking to the back of BP to relieve themselves.  Whilst waiting for his mate to zip it up one idiot decided to throw a large road cone against a vehicle causing a significant dent. We know the identity of one male and the other will soon be established. I suggest you come forward and have a chat before we knock on your front door.

Police are often called when relationships are tested and incidents occur. We work closely with other agencies to ensure help is provided to the parties involved during these times.

Below are some useful numbers if you are struggling in any way and need some help or advice:

Depression Support Line                    0800 111 757
Lifeline                                                0800 543 354
Youthline                                             0800 376 633
Alcohol Helpline                                  0800 787 797
Jigsaw (Family violence support)       0508 440 255

The Wanaka Community Patrol are looking for new members to join their team. If you would like some more information about what they do please contact Ian at the Wanaka Police station, Steve at the Kodak shop, or Chelsea at Mitre 10, Wanaka.

Have a great week and get up the hill to enjoy some real action!