Police-work in the suburbs is currently focused on eastern areas, particularly New Brighton, where the earthquake caused considerable damage.
NZ police officers are working alongside members of the Australian police contingent, Defence and Fire personnel and Maori Wardens. They are patrolling the streets, checking on people and providing advice and support, says Canterbury District Commander, Superintendent Dave Cliff.
Despite concerns and anger around reports of looting, only four burglaries were reported last night. "We are absolutely confident we can deal with normal crime issues as well as our earthquake response operation," says Mr Cliff. "If you are concerned about crime or notice suspicious behaviour, please don't hesitate to call 111."
Staff on patrol have been warmly welcomed met by locals, he says.
"Our people are out there to serve the community. If you have any nagging concerns, please go and chat with them. They will do all they can to help."
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