‘Tis the sea­son for break-ins, cops warn

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

It’s the sea­son for Christ­mas shop­ping and po­lice are warn­ing peo­ple to be ex­tra vig­i­lant about ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity.

De­tec­tive sergeant Paul Loft says it’s the time of year thieves tar­get homes and ve­hi­cles.

“Thieves don’t care that they make their vic­tims feel vi­o­lated, they don’t care that you have scrimped and saved for those per­sonal Christ­mas presents and they don’t care that they dam­age your cars and homes to get to your valu­ables.”

Any car that thieves be­lieve has valu­ables in it that can be sold for cash to fund their per­sonal habits, in­clud­ing drugs, is a sit­ting tar­get, Mr Loft says.

The most valu­able items are nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, such as Nav­man and TomTom, which are eas­ily seen mounted in the ve­hi­cle, and lap­tops, which are usu­ally left on or un­der one of the seats, he says.

Just be­cause the ve­hi­cle is locked and alarmed does not mean thieves will not tar­get it.

Nearly all ve­hi­cle break-ins are com­mit­ted by smash­ing a win­dow of the ve­hi­cle at any time of the day.

As well as lock­ing houses and ve­hi­cles, po­lice also sug­gest re­mov­ing all valu­ables from the car, not leav­ing them in the glove­box or un­der the seat, and park­ing in places with lots of pedes­trian ac­tiv­ity.

Peo­ple should also re­port any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously around ve­hi­cles.

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