Patrol targets drunk youth
Party goers pre-loading before hitting the bars in Takapuna have prompted action from police looking to curb unruly behaviour.
Takapuna community constable Bevan Dennison says the pre-loading is worst on Thursday and Friday nights.
Bars along the Hurstmere Rd strip have proven popular with young people drinking large amounts of alcohol before attempting to gain entry.
Mr Dennison says a directed patrol has been put in place to combat the problem.
The response comes in the wake of raised concern among residents who believe there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour over recent months.
A local woman, who did not wish to be named, says people congregating in park areas and carparks has her feeling anxious in her own neighbourhood.
"We can hear them shouting and screaming and carrying on at all hours, usually Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
"I've noticed it is especially bad around Auburn Reserve. I don't know whether or not they're on drugs or what but they sound very hyped up."
She says the number of vagrants and loiterers in the area seems to have increased too.
"There are men in their 40s and 50s hanging about, that makes me think they could be homeless."
After two sexual attacks on women in the Takapuna and Hauraki areas earlier this year, the resident says she has been on high alert.
Mr Dennison says action is being taken to reduce youth congregating and causing disorder in Takapuna, including community patrols during the day and night.
But he does not believe there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour.
"There has pretty much always been a certain number of homeless people living around the Takapuna area.
"And the ones who have been around for a long time usually keep themselves out of trouble with the odd exception."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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