Patrolling Botany Town Centre with FIRST Security

This four year old Segway i2 Patroller model with White reflective shields is currently deployed at Botany Town Centre, Auckland (New Zealand).

FIRST Security is New Zealand’s leading deployer of Segway Patrollers.

Botany Town Centre (Auckland) is one of many sites where FIRST’s security guards are more effective and more productive thanks to the Segway Patroller. Sylvia Park Shopping Centre, Bayfair Shopping Centre, the University of Canterbury, Coca-Cola Bottlers, DB Breweries and Nestle are all locations where Segway Patrollers have been deployed by FIRST Security since 2006.

The two Segway Patroller models have been designed specifically to meet the needs of policing and public safety.

Worldwide, more than 1,500 Police and public safety sites use Segway Patrollers. For example, according to The Telegraph, in Forsyth, Macon (Georgia, USA) even the Police Chief is often seen out and about on a Segway Patroller, spending time on the streets around City Hall interacting with the public in ways that officers on foot or in cars simply cannot do. An officer on a Segway Patroller can also work in new, more effective way:

Earlier this week, Forsyth police officer Derek Bray demonstrated how he can check all the doors and windows of a business in about 15 seconds without ever stepping off the Segway. To help prevent burglaries, officers working at night check for unlocked doors and open windows in the business district.

Before the department bought the Segway PTs, Bray said, police would just shine a flashlight at doorways from the car, not actually try doors.

“Now you can check the same area in a quarter of the time,” he said. “And a couple times a night, you’ll find doors or windows open.”

[T]hey are also helpful when police want to be invisible, as when officers sneak up on people breaking the law on Lovers Lane. Bray noted that Segways are silent, smaller than a patrol car and can move….faster than an officer on foot. And the driver can keep his hands free to grab a flashlight [or] cell phone…if needed, Corley said.

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