Lock up the car

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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