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Community patroller Glenn Torrens hasn't actually caught a burglar, but he volunteers his time to help the police to catch them. He is one of 75 members, two-thirds of them retired, of Papakura Community Crimewatch Patrols. They aim to be the police's "eyes and ears".
A Remuera burglary victim Tim Mason had to go out to a Manukau petrol station to get CCTV footage of the burglar, after police told him it was the victim's job to get that evidence.
When the footsteps stopped and he heard the door close, John Mackie would kick, smash and sneak his way into the house he was sleeping under and get to work. He would have a shower, something to eat and wash his clothes before he began searching for things to steal.
We're supposed to accept there aren't enough resources available to get the police out with their magnifying glasses to track the miscreants down.
There are few worse feelings than opening the door of your home to see drawers pulled out and stuff strewn around the place, writes Barry Soper.