Whanganui East dairy owners Jian Xiang Zhou his wife Auan Zhi Xig can now feel safer at work thanks to a donation from former resident Andrew Slight.

After the Rangtikei St dairy was robbed by hammer wielding thieves on September 9, Mr Slight, who used to live in the neighbourhood, offered to donate the full HD DVR security camera kit to the owners.

Mr Slight spoke to the Chronicle before returning to his current home in Auckland on Sunday.

"I hope it will give them a sense of security and deter thieves from targeting the dairy again," he said.


Mr Slight's brother, an electrician, installed the cameras on Saturday and a Givealittle campaign has been launched to pay for cameras outside the shop as well.

Mr Slight said his daughters used to buy their lollies from the shop before the family moved to Auckland five years ago and he wants the owners and people visiting the dairy to feel safe.

Mr Zhou and a family friend who was helping out when the September robbery occurred both received injuries from hammer blows delivered by the thieves and required stitches.

Mr Slight's donation comes after Whanganui Police reported that they have visited 21 dairies, takeaway shops and service stations throughout the city in recent months to review security measures and provide prevention advice.