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Country crime campaign
Rural residents urged to be wary and report activity
SPEAK UP: A police investigation near Leeston in 2011.
NEW TOOLS to thwart crime in
rural Canterbury come partly in the
form of It's your call'' stickers to
place around properties.
Crimestoppers' new thrust is
pitched at raising country peoples'
awareness, and urges them to speak
up about any suspicious activity and
to protect their own property.
The campaign has strong police
backing in both the Selwyn and
West Christchurch community
services manager Senior Sergeant
Peter Stills said the new resources
were already in Selwyn police
stations, ready for distribution.
We are just raising awareness of
country folk and encouraging them
to speak up,'' Mr Stills said.
The message was particularly
timely, following the spate of bur-
glaries and thefts from cars in rural
Selwyn and beyond.
We're trying to sell the message
to people to secure vehicles properly
and conceal valuables,'' he said.
Crimestoppers chairman, John
Perham, a rural resident himself,
said the campaign encouraged peo-
ple to report suspicious activity in
the confidence that their call would
be totally anonymous''.
While, on the whole, rural
people are happy to speak directly to
police, there are some occasions
when they might not feel able to,
because of family connections or fear
about the probable consequences,''
Mr Perham said.
Whether it's stock or machinery
being stolen or sold too cheaply, or
odd movements of people around an
isolated area, every contribution
helps to fill the gaps.''
About 35 per cent of all calls to
Crimestoppers come from rural
areas. Police say the campaign will
boost the preventive work already
being done by farmers and police.
The Crimestoppers line is
0800 555 111, or use the secure
online form at: crimestoppers-nz.org.
Amiable dexters ideal for lifestylers
SHORT STUFF: Dexters are an old breed, but their
image is being boosted nationwide as a useful lifestyle
or dairy choice.
THE DEXTER Cattle Society Open Day takes to
the road around the country next weekend, April
13-14, building awareness of this ancient breed
and its benefits, especially to small block-holders.
Descended from the black celtic cattle, with an
archaeological history ranging back some 5000
years, the modern dexter was originally bred in
the 1820s from the indigenous cattle of Ireland's
They were first imported to New Zealand by the
government in 1904, although the then-NZ Dexter
Breeders Association wasn't formed until nine
decades later, in 1994.
Today, the dexter is being promoted as an
easily managed dual-purpose breed, offering lean
cuts of beef and a high bone-out rate from its small
carcass, for the home freezer, as well as high-
As it is a comparatively small animal, it is less
intimidating for a lifestyler to handle, with a friendly nature to boot. Its diminutive size also
means less pasture damage and a lower feed
requirement -- its ancestors were well-accustomed
to ranging the weatherbeaten Irish hillsides sub-
sisting on sparse foliage, and the breed retains
You can meet a dexter up close next weekend at:
169 Carrs Rd, Loburn -- April 13, 1-4pm.
1175 Two Chain Rd, Swannanoa -- April 13, 10-4pm.
638 Woodfields Rd, Swannanoa -- April 13-14,
222 Bush Rd, Oxford -- April 14, 1-4pm.
67 Denby Rd, Oxford -- April 13, 10-4pm, and April 4,
214 Hacketts Rd, Homebush -- April 14, 12-4pm.
1195 Coaltrack Rd, Greendale -- April 14, 10-4pm.
50 Purau Port Levy Rd, Banks Peninsula -- April
138 Ridge Rd, Greenpark -- April 13, 10-4pm.
662 Hanmer Rd, Brookside -- April 13-14, 1-4pm.
You can also visit the website: dexter-cattle.co.nz for
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