Fed up with car crime in One­hunga street

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

Temira Ris­setto is fed up with car thieves and van­dals tar­get­ing her One­hunga street.

The 22-year-old stu­dent’s car has been bro­ken into four times in the past 18 months.

It’s cost Ms Ris­setto and her part­ner thou­sands of dol­lars in re­pairs and re­plac­ing stolen goods.

“You get to the point where you’ve had enough,” she says.

“It can cost be­tween $150 and $300 to fix the dam­age they’ve done to the car alone, that’s not count­ing what they got out of the car.

“Your home is not your own when you can’t park in your own drive­way or on your street.”

The most re­cent break-in was on June 5, when thieves used a screw­driver to break the win­dow and stole a tool­box full of equip­ment.

The cou­ple, who have a six­month-old baby, say rel­a­tives visit­ing their Sy­monds St, One­hunga, home have also had their ve­hi­cles van­dalised.

Ms Ris­setto’s brother had his car bro­ken into twice and stolen once while parked in their drive­way and her sis­ter’s car was bro­ken into while parked on the street.

While walk­ing along Sy­monds St re­cently, she also no­ticed a num­ber of other parked cars with smashed win­dows.

When she dis­cov­ered the most re­cent break-in, Ms Ris­setto con­tacted the po­lice im­me­di­ately.

“At the end of the call we were given a job num­ber and told we would get ac­knowl­edge­ment in the post, even though this time there was a screw­driver left be­hind.”

She was so con­cerned, she rang One­hunga po­lice sta­tion and was told they would send out a pa­trol car.

Three hours later, no one had ar­rived so she rang again and was told the sta­tion was too busy to send a car.

“We took the screw­driver down there in the af­ter­noon and they were able to get two fin­ger­prints off it. We re­port it ev­ery time and no one seems to be tak­ing any no­tice.”

Ms Ris­setto sus­pects the lack of street light­ing might en­cour­age thieves to tar­get the area.

“Trafal­gar St has light­ing on both sides but our street only has light­ing on one side and it’s ut­terly dim.”

Al­though they have tried park­ing their car in dif­fer­ent parts of the street, it still gets bro­ken into.

“If th­ese kids know the cars aren’t be­ing fin­ger­printed and no one is com­ing out, they will keep on do­ing it.”

Se­nior sergeant Hirone Ware­tini says a re­cent po­lice op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing ve­hi­cle crime from New­mar­ket to Royal Oak caused a sig­nif­i­cant drop in thefts from cars.

“We do gen­uinely look at ways of re­duc­ing harm to the cit­i­zenry.”

He says peo­ple with is­sues like car crime should con­tact the of­fi­cer in charge of their lo­cal po­lice sta­tion.

Photo: JANIE SMITH

Had enough: Temira Ris­setto is sick of hav­ing her car bro­ken into.

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