Fed up with car crime in Onehunga street
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.
Had enough: Temira Rissetto is sick of having her car broken into.