Break-ins drive warning
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.
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.