Great work by local community patrol team leads to arrest

Great work by local community patrol team leads to arrest

Canterbury

Two local Christchurch Community Patrol New Zealand (CPNZ) volunteers were out patrolling on Burke Street in Sydneham on Friday morning, when they spotted a man trying to get into locked cars.

The patrollers called Police, and while they waited for them to arrive they observed the offender for several blocks as he tried to enter several more vehicles.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested a 27-year-old man, and he is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court on 21 September charged with unlawful interference of a motor vehicle.

“This was excellent work done by the volunteers, and it shows how invaluable CPNZ are in helping keep our communities safe,” says Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel, Christchurch East Community Services Manager.

“Police can’t be everywhere at once, so having the community patrol teams be our ‘eyes and ears’ in the community is incredibly helpful”

“I’d encourage anyone interested in doing their bit for the community to consider joining a local patrol.”

If you are interested in joining a Community Patrol in your area visit http://www.cpnz.org.nz/join-cpnz/.

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Issued by Police Media Centre