Western Leader : Western Leader 2nd November
8 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Stolen pendant: This image of Shaun is printed on a dog-tag pendant that was stolen from Patrice Jessup's property. Stolen dog-tag special to mum Patrice Jessup lost her son Shaun in 2007, when he was just 15 years old. The former Green Bay High School student died of an inoperable brain tumour. The Western Leader wrote about Shaun in September when his father, former sports journalist Peter Jess- up, published the book Fisherman's Tales in remembrance of him. Around the time of Shaun's death a friend gave Patrice a stain- less steel dog-tag pen- dant with a picture of Shaun printed on the back of it. It was stolen when Patrice's Glen Eden home was broke into on September 26, along with other jewellery and a guitar. Patrice believes someone could have the dog-tag and not realise it has a hologram-style picture on the back. The image is not immedi- ately noticeable unless it is tilted. Patrice is hoping someone might hand it in to the Western Leader or the police. The dog-tag has no real value. It's just sentimental and I'd like to get it back.'' Be alert -- it's bagsnatching season By STEPHEN FORBES ' Recent incidents of bagsnatching in the district are stark reminders to always remain alert. ' Senior sergeant Ross Hunter As the holiday season approaches police are warn- ing people to look out for bag- snatchers. Senior sergeant Ross Hunter from west Auckland police says it's important for people to be vigilant. Recent incidents of bag- snatching in the district are stark reminders to always remain alert,'' he says. It's not a huge problem out west, but we just want people to take care. The Christmas season is fast approaching and in- dividuals often carry more cash than normal. So be observant of those who are near, especially when you are at an ATM machine or if you are emerging from the bank with sums of cash. Having your bag snatched while you are out and about can be not only financially damaging but can result in your personal information being compromised. It may even result in serious personal injury,'' Mr Hunter says. Titirangi Community Con- stable Kevin Morgan says Joanne Wang died from her injuries after being run over by the offenders who snatched her bag in a Manu- kau shopping mall carpark in 2008. Mr Morgan says it serves as a reminder to business people and members of the public to take care when they are holding money. She was carrying her takings in her purse as she was making her way to her vehicle,'' he says. Unfortunately she paid the ultimate price.'' Mr Hunter says the victims of a bagsnatching should never attempt to chase or stop the thief. Your personal safety is paramount. It's more import- ant than your property,'' he says. If the offenders get into a vehicle note down the num- ber plate and call 111 immediately. How to beat bag thieves Police tips to avoid bagsnatching: Position the bag securely over shoulder, with one hand on the bag at all times. Avoid placing it in a supermarket trolley when unloading into your car. When entering your vehicle lock the doors immediately and put the bag on the floor. Donotputthebagonthe seat. Try to avoid withdrawing large amounts of cash from an ATM machine. It can make you an easy target for thieves. If you see someone behaving suspiciously, following you, or hanging around in a parking area, get to a safe location as soon as you can and call police.
November 4th 2010