A long-time Kaikohe businessman and a member of the community patrol in town has a message for those youth who have been giving businesses along Broadway grief.
"We've had our guts full and we're taking our town back," Tony Taylor says.
He says that certain youth have been causing damage to commercial properties but that the attitude of leaving kids to be a menace won't be tolerated by the business community anymore.
"They've come to a stage where they're getting out of hand," he says.
And his message for those who willfully make a difficult business situation in Kaikohe worse is simple: "We know who you are and there's going to be somebody watching you."
Kaikohe Business Association chairman Mike Fitzgerald says that he's suffering $3000 in damages a year.
He says police are doing a good job and it's up to the community to help them protect the town.
"We give them a ring and they're right there," Mr Fitzgerald says.
That's just what Kaikohe police Corporal Hoani Hippolite wants.
He supports the community patrols in town.
Community Patrols of New Zealand is a national body that provides extra eyes and ears for police. "They don't become involved in anything, all they do is they ring up police and say: `This is what's happening',"
They're given high-visibility vests, torches and a notebook and police say they are a big help in keeping communities safe. Police do send children loitering around town late at night home, he says.
"Kids on bikes in itself isn't a problem, it's certain kids on bikes who have been smashing windows and doing little burglaries around town," he says. "And it's only a small group.
"Each one of those kids has parents or guardians at home who have no control over them, and that's where the issue is," Mr Hippolite says.
Police will at times contact community patrol members if there are cars in the area that police are looking for, he says.
Mr Hippolite says that there are five active volunteers in Kaikohe. Community patrol members are vetted and given basic instructions by police.
Those interested in joining a community patrol can call Kaikohe police at 094052960.
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