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Rugby World Cup - some simple security steps

Rugby World Cup - some simple security steps

If you allow the excitement of the Rugby World Cup to distract you from personal security you could pay the penalty with thieves stealing your prized trophies.

Police in Central District are urging rugby fans and visitors to New Zealand to take a few simple precautions to ensure they don't expose themselves to crime.

"It would be so easy when you get caught up in the spirit of a major event to forget the simple day-to-day things that keep us from being victims of crime," said Operations Manager Inspector Dave White. "A few minutes and a few precautions is all it takes to reduce the risk of a great game being ruined."

If you're heading out to enjoy the rugby:

• Check the facilities at each venue in advance and only take to the ground what is absolutely necessary.
• Don't carry large amount of cash or other valuables with you and make sure you keep valuables close to you and secure at all times.
• Do not leave bags or other personal belongings unattended at any time.
• Be aware and take notice of your surroundings and who's around when you are walking or sight-seeing.
• Try to go to places with someone you know and trust.
• Avoid walking alone in isolated places, particularly late at night. Stay in well-lit areas where there are other people.
• Take a taxi or arrange a pick-up.
• If you are in a bar, avoid accepting drink from strangers and don't leave drinks unattended.
• Police do not recommend accepting rides or hitch-hiking with strangers.
• Carry a mobile phone so you are able to call for help if needed.

Protecting your accommodation and vehicles:

• Always lock doors and secure windows of accommodation and vehicles and set house alarms.
• Don't leave valuables in vehicles. If you must leave anything behind make sure it is out of sight and securely stored.
• Don't leave important documents in vehicles such as passports, and make copies of all documentation, storing the copies separately from the originals.
• Don't leave maps, luggage or anything else that indicates you are a visitor on show.
• Move vehicle gadgets out of sight such as GPS systems and hands-free kits.
• If you are travelling by campervan, always try to park overnight in holiday parks, DOC camping grounds or other specially designated area. If you are not familiar with the area ask at the nearest i-SITE.
• Park in secure car parks where possible.
• Hand your room key to reception, rather than carry it with you.

Rugby games in Central District are:
11 September - Ireland v USA - New Plymouth at 6pm
15 September - Russia v USA - New Plymouth at 7.30pm
26 September - Wales v Namibia - New Plymouth at 7.30pm
28 September - Georgia v Romania - Palmerston North at 7.30pm
2 October - Argentina v Georgia - Palmerston North at 1pm


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