Police are continuing to have an increased presence in Tairawhiti as the area prepares for a second night without power.
Police are impressed with the way the community has come together to help each other out during this period. Unfortunately, there will always be some people who attempt to exploit situations such as this for their own gain and in the previous 24 hours Gisborne has experienced three burglaries, one of which targeted cigarettes.
Police have visited local business owners to provide advice on how to protect their stock and premises during this time in an effort to prevent further burglaries occurring.
Police have rostered extra staff and are deploying additional community patrols to provide reassurance to the community. The Gisborne Police Station will remain open 24/7 to the public until further notice.
Police will be visiting the homes of people who are currently on bail to ensure they are complying with their conditions. If evidence is found that people are attempting to use this disruption to breach their conditions they can expect to be held to account.
Police commends the public for their work so far to look after each other and asks that they continue to look after each other during this time. If you have any concerns for the welfare of anyone you can call Police to undertake a welfare check.
All of these steps are helping keep us safe during this period of disruption and this activity will continue regardless of whether power returns tonight.
If anyone knows any information about the crime being committed in Tairawhiti, we are happy to receive that information and act on it.
Above all, remember that Police is here to help so do not hesitate to call Police if you feel you need assistance.
Issued by Police Media Centre.