Lock up the car
With the silly season here, police are urging people to ensure that vehicles are locked while out Christmas shopping or at end of year functions.
“Don’t give criminals the opportunity to spoil your Christmas,” says Manurewa acting area police commander senior sergeant Steve Kehoe.
“Take the time to secure your vehicle and ensure any valuable items are taken with you or placed out of view from opportunist thieves.”
He says portable items like mobile phones, handsfree car kits and PS systems can be easy picking.
“As the number of people completing Christmas shopping increases, so does the number of vehicles in and around shopping centres.”
Mr Kehoe advises people should park in well lit areas, activate an alarm system if you have one and lock the doors of the vehicle before placing a handbag on the passenger seat.
Larger objects like a laptop or Christmas shopping should be placed in the boot out of sight.
If you see someone breaking into a vehicle phone police on 111.