North Shore Rescue members plan to better secure their equipment caches after yet another container was broken into and looted – the second time this week.
The squad’s Doug Pope says if a hiker and team member really needed emergency gear, they’d be able to open the container without a key.
“We’re going to have to rethink that strategy and secure it a lot better, which is going to cost us time and money and could cause future problems in that you can’t get in there unless you have the key.”
Pope says an anonymous donor has matched a $10,000 donation from London Drugs to replace the gear, but that still leaves them short.
The caches were the brain child of team leader Tim Jones, who died of a heart attack earlier this year.