Break-ins drive warn­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

AN ANTI-THEFT mes­sage doesn’t seem to be get­ting through to users of a pop­u­lar car park.

The Me­ola Reef Re­serve carpark on Me­ola Rd in Pt Che­va­lier is prov­ing to be a hot spot for thieves with at least three or four car breakins be­ing re­ported each week, Pon­sonby com­mu­nity polic­ing team Con­sta­ble Bren­don Muir says.

But he says the cure could be as sim­ple as users tak­ing bet­ter care of their valu­ables.

‘These thefts gen­er­ally oc­cur be­cause items have been left in sight in the ve­hi­cle while the own­ers are off walk­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the week­end talk­ing to users. Most aren’t notic­ing the signs that are up and the ma­jor­ity have no con­cept of se­cur­ing their prop­erty.’’

On a re­cent pa­trol of the car park Mr Muir says all four of the ve­hi­cles he saw were sport­ing glar­ing in­vi­ta­tions to would-be thieves.

‘‘One had the win­dows down, two had TomTom nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems at­tached to the wind­screen and one had a hand­bag on the seat with the back win­dow down,’’ he says.

On other vis­its items like golf clubs and even a para­medic kit were ly­ing in plain view.

‘‘It in­di­cates peo­ple aren’t tak­ing this Muir says.

‘‘We can put all the preven­tion mea­sures in place, but un­less the com­mu­nity takes it on board as well we’ll never get on top of it,’’ he says.

Po­lice and the coun­cil are work­ing to­gether on some

se­ri­ously,’’ Mr pos­si­ble sures.

In the mean­time po­lice are vis­it­ing the car park reg­u­larly and leav­ing yel­low ad­vice cards on the wind­screens of ve­hi­cles that haven’t been se­cured prop­erly.

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Safety mea­sures: Pon­sonby com­mu­nity polic­ing team Con­sta­ble Bren­don Muir is re­mind­ing users of the Me­ola Reef Re­serve car park to take bet­ter care of their valu­ables.

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