Northern News : November 24th 2010
13 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 Northland Lifestyle&Property Real Estate Guide to Northland Advertising feature Summer break-ins Home owners who are planning to go on holiday this summer can adopt some simple measures to help protect their properties from burglars. ADT Armourguard general manager Ian Anderson says trends for his organisation show that summer months, especially December and January, are the busiest times for home alarm call outs. Many thieves see the summer as an opportune time for illegal behaviour,'' he says. End-of-year celebrations and sum- mer gatherings mean that a lot of people find themselves away from home more often than usual. This unfortunately provides opportunities for unwelcome visitors, so it's important that home owners remain vigilant and take time to care- fully evaluate home security measures. Nobody wants to return home from a relaxing break to find their house has been broken into.'' The best defence against burglary is prevention and planning, and gener- ally making a home unappealing to burglars, Ian says. The following tips can help keep home owners keep property safe over the coming months: Beware of who may be listening. Never announce travel plans in public areas close to home where others can overhear your conversation or in online chat rooms and websites such as Facebook. Don't leave notes for family or friends outside your home as potential burglars can and will read them. Notify a trusted neighbour of your travel dates and discuss a reciprocal arrangement that involves putting out your rubbish on collection day or putting their bin in front of your house, clearing flyers, mail and packages left in front entrances and mailboxes, occasionally parking their car in your driveway or in front of your home. Make sure all windows and doors are properly closed and locked. Use quality deadbolt or door locks as it is surprisingly easy to open a lock with- out one. Never hide spare keys in mailboxes, under doormats, above doorways or anywhere visible from the entry. Bur- glars know most of the hiding places. Don't leave tools lying around out- side as this can invite impulse bur- glars to use them to break into your home. Do not let valuables be seen from the outside of your home. If you buy a new appliance make sure that you crush and conceal the boxes in your rubbish. Leave curtains slightly parted so your home doesn't look empty. Put mail on hold and suspend any daily newspapers. Install automatic timers for lights, radio and TVs, preferably at random or programmed intervals to create vis- ual and audio deceptions. Install motion-sensor outdoor lights around your home and mount them high enough to prevent intruders from disabling them. Never leave an answer machine message indicating you are out or away. Instead, just say you can't come to the phone. Also, lower the telephone ringing volume so that it cannot be heard from outside your home. Water disruption for two nights Water supplies to Kawakawa and Moerewa may be temporarily reduced on two nights this week as the Far North District Council investigates losses in the supply network. The work is part of an ongoing leak detection programme designed to improve the level of service on the 40-year-old water supply scheme. The council started testing last night and will carry out further tests tomorrow night from mid- night to 5am. Some areas may suffer a tem- porary loss of service while the work is carried out. eDay is a huge success Fifty pallets of unwanted computers and electronic appliances won't finish up in landfills thanks to an e-waste collection earlier this month. Items deposited at collection sites in Kaitaia, Kaikohe and Kerikeri on eDay included about 350 personal com- puters, 400 monitors, 270 printers, scanners and fax machines. The largest amount of e-waste was collected in Kerikeri where items filled 29 pallets. Thirteen pallets of e-waste were collected in Kaitaia and nine pallets were collected in Kaikohe. Nationwide, 77,000 computer and computer-related items were collected -- the biggest haul of electronic waste since the first eDay three years ago. eDay is an annual event that allows people to safely dispose of unwanted electronic appliances that can contami- nate soil and waterways if dumped at landfills. It is co-ordinated by a national com- munity trust set up to reuse as much of the material as possible. INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED AND PROUD TO BE SERVING THE MID NORTH 138 Broadway, PO Box 614, Kaikohe Ph: 09 401 0895 Fax: 09 401 0897 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MORTGAGEE AUCTION Licensed Real Estate Ag ent REAA2008 Mid North Real Estate Ltd MREINZ 4 Hillcrest Road, Kaikohe Great street appeal! 1920's bungalow with unique features. Large open plan living areas, cosy nook with insert firebox, three large bedrooms, single garage with laundry. Sun drenched rear yard. Auction to be held at our offices at 138 Broadway, Kaikohe at 1p.m., on Thursday, 16th December 2010 Open Homes Wednesday, 24th November 2010, 4-5pm Saturday 27th November 2010, 11a.m. - 12noon Saturday 4th December 2010, 11a.m. - 12 noon Wednesday, 15th December 2010, 4 - 5pm For information packs and further details contact Sue Clarkson after hours 09 4010188 3290619AA 3301513AA • Great central position, right by the shops & opposite the wharf. • Arguably one of the best positions in Paihia. • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, luxury apartment, right by the pool. • Earn an income/enjoy your own holiday pad. • Secure underground car park. MAKE AN OFFER Tender closes 4pm Wednesday 1st December 2010 Contact Century 21 Jan Madden Real Estate Ltd MREINZ office on 09 402 8638 or Jan Madden a/hrs 09 402 6611 Mob 0274 884 004 Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS MORTGAGEE TENDER INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY APARTMENT Spotlight on cottage roof Upgrade: The lighthouse cottage has a new look. The old lighthouse keeper's cottage at Cape Brett was fitted with a new roof last week. Pioneer Red was chosen as it matched the original colour used on the buildings. When it was a fully operational site there were three houses, a school room, signal sta- tion and out buildings. Today the last remaining cottage is a Department of Conservation hut -- a welcome sight after the trek from Rawhiti to the Cape. Online bookings are essential for the walk and the hut via the DOC website. Recently the Cape Brett lighthouse was refurbished and although no longer in use as a marine light, is a shining beacon on the hill welcoming vessels to the bay. Because of the sites exposure to bad weather, the roofing project was delayed until conditions were perfect. DOC project super- visor, ranger Dene Harrison, said he enjoyed working with Bay of Islands Roofing, the project contractors, who leapt into the task removing the old material, placing purlins over the sarking and laying the new alu- minium roof which was chosen for durability in the extreme conditions that prevail at the cape. Volunteers who would like to stay over and con- tribute their labour can call Dene on (09) 407-0300.
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