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Botany Community Patrol marks 20 years

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Celebrating Botany Crime Watch Patrol’s milestone are from left, Claudia, Margaret, Jack and Emily.

The Botany Community Patrol (BCWP) will celebrate its 20th birthday on April 4, commemorating two decades of dedicated service in ensuring the safety of the east Auckland community.

Since its inception in 2004, BCWP has stood as a vigilant community watchdog, patrolling streets, checking on properties, and collaborating with Counties Manukau Police to identify and address suspicious behaviour.

The organisation, which initially convened at the Z service station before finding a home at Botany Town Centre in 2005, has become an integral part of the community.

Over the years, BCWP has provided invaluable services, addressing issues such as improperly secured vehicles and conducting regular car and home security checks to educate residents on safeguarding their property.

Margaret Westwood, operations manager, reflects on the organisation’s journey: “For two decades, my team has been dedicated to making east Auckland a safer place for everyone.

“We are very fortunate to have people who volunteer their time to support the community.

“Crime prevention is a big part of what we do, including conducting regular car and home security checks to educate people about what they need to know to secure their property.

“We feel very proud to have reached this milestone and grateful to call Botany Town Centre home.

“I have been within this community for the past 20 years. No day is the same and every interaction has helped shape the legacy of Botany Community Patrol.

“A highlight is fostering a sense of community unity and helping residents work together to address any concerns. I know that whatever challenge we face, we can work through it together.”

Botany Town Centre manager Kerrie Hughes commends BCWP’s contribution.

“They are a cornerstone of our community and their commitment to the safety of our locals is truly commendable. I would also like to thank the volunteers who have devoted their time and efforts.”

As part of the birthday celebration, BCWP encourages community members to share their stories and experiences with the organisation over the past two decades.

Whether it’s a memorable encounter, a success story, or a heartfelt note of appreciation, BCWP invites individuals to connect on social media using the hashtag #BCWP20Years.

For more information, visit www.crimewatchpatrols.co.nz.

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