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End of an era for old building
BUILDING DOWN: The Northern Outlook building was brought down this week, marking another turning point in the transformation of Rangiora's High Street.
THE OUTER walls of the Northern
Outlook building in Rangiora s High
St came down on Thursday.
The building at 206 High St was
closed in November 2011 after being
declared earthquake-prone. This
means it failed to meet the required
34 per cent of new building stand-
Staff have continued working from
temporary premises at 7 Albert St.
The demolition marks the end of
an era for the historic building.
It began life in 1908 as Hargreaves
& Harper joinery works, cabinet-
makers and upholsterers. From
about 1956 until the Northern Out-
look moved in, it was used by a var-
iety of businesses trading in furni-
ture and saddlery.
Burglars enjoy easy pickings at empty homes
ON THE PROWL: Opportunistic burglars
can take advantage of empty homes
ALONG WITH barbecues, trips to
the beach and ice-creams, summer-
time will bring a rise in crime
according to a local criminologist and
University of Canterbury criminol-
ogist Greg Newbold says a rise in
violence and disorder comes with the
larger amounts of alcohol consump-
tion around Christmas and New
Fighting, rioting and general dis-
order are problems whenever young
people gather together in groups to
There are also rises in domestic
violence associated with greater
alcohol consumption and discordant
couples spending more time
Mr Newbold said there also tended
to be a spike in burglaries as people
left their homes to go on holidays.
Opportunistic burglars take advan-
tage of this exodus, burgling houses
while the occupants are away.
Rangiora police senior sergeant
Mike McRandle said people should
apply common sense and use neigh-
bourhood connections to keep their
property safe while on holiday.
Make sure you have someone you
can trust checking the place regu-
larly and, even better, closing some
curtains and putting some lights on.
Make sure people who live around
you know you are away, [and] know
who should be there and keep an eye
out, because that s just part of being
a good neighbour.
A recent AA Insurance survey
revealed four in 10 respondents had
been burgled and one in eight had
break-ins more than once.
But the survey found that people
lacked confidence in their strategies
to safeguard their homes against
break-ins when away on holiday.
AA Insurance found the top secur-
ity measure was people asking some-
one to collect their mail or keep an
eye on their home (79 per cent), yet
only 26 per cent of people thought
this was an effective deterrent.
More than three in 10 people said
a house sitter (37 per cent) was the
best deterrent, yet only 23 per cent
arranged for one.
The fear of burglary is higher
among renters than homeowners,
probably as they are less likely to be
able to install alarms (43 per cent of
homeowners have them, against 23
per cent of renters), and are less
likely to have dogs (31 per cent
against 17 per cent).
Tips to keep your house safe:
Get someone you trust to check
your home, collect mail, turn lights
on, and close and open curtains.
Use a timer to turn lights on.
Ask neighbours to keep an eye on
Have good locks on your doors and
don t leave your keys in the door.
If you have an alarm, use it.
Driving scholarships won
AFTER AN exhaustive inter-
view process, Waimack Driving
School has awarded two scholar-
ships to help two young drivers
hone their skills next year.
Instructor Alastair McKenzie
said the company received a
large number of applications for
the packages from all over
North Canterbury, which was
then narrowed to a short list of
seven. We then drove again
with each of the applicants and
asked them a number of ques-
tions, he said.
As always, it was an ex-
tremely difficult choice.
The first scholarship went to
Cust s Bonnie Howland, a year
12 Student at Oxford Area
School this year. She will receive
151G2 hours of lessons towards
her restricted licence, a defens-
ive driving course and three
hours of instruction towards her
full licence, a total value of
This year, for the first time,
we have also awarded a runner-
up, Merehana Freeman from
Kaiapoi, a year 13 student at
Kaiapoi High School in 2012,
Mr McKenzie said.
The company is planning to
run another scholarship pro-
gramme next year.
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