They are the eyes and ears of the police, patrolling the streets of the Hibiscus Coast to report trouble before it escalates.
The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol have been in existence since 2006, with regular patrols on Fridays and Saturdays carried out by a team of 21 volunteers.
Volunteer Frank Rands says every patrol, without fail, they spot an incident which needs to be reported to and followed up by the police.
They are funded entirely through donations and sponsors, and Harcourts Orewa has made a generous grant of $1970 to help with the group’s running costs.
Although they never intervene directly, the volunteers are in regular contact with the police, who follow up on their observations of, among other things, boy racers, heavily intoxicated people, and suspicious cars.
“There is so much activity we are looking to extend our hours. There is certainly a need for it,” Frank says.
Harcourts Orewa is owned by Tandem Realty Limited, which makes regular donations to local charities through the Harcourts Foundation.
Business owner Colin Hair says it’s wonderful that volunteers work so tirelessly to keep their community safe, and he and the rest of the team at Tandem Realty are humbled to be able to support the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol.Tags: Press Release, Residential