Po­lice call for com­mu­nity in­put at Kai

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TOHILL

A re­cent series of bur­glar­ies at Kai­tan­gata has prompted Clutha po­lice to sug­gest the South Otago town sets up a Neigh­bour­hood Watch.

Se­nior sergeant Cyn­thia Fairely of Bal­clutha said seven bur­glar­ies had been re­ported be­tween July 11 and Au­gust 11, for which three sep­a­rate ar­rests had been made. She said it was dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine whether or not there were more break-ins than nor­mal.

‘‘Bur­glar­ies are in­va­sive, and the con­cern also is what’s fu­elling them; is it drugs, or a short­age of cash that is be­hind this pocket of bur­glar­ies?’’

Clutha po­lice would be ap­proach­ing Kai­tan­gata com­mu­nity lead­ers to dis­cuss how sur­veil­lance and vig­i­lance could be im­proved.

Another bur­glary was re­ported at Kai­tan­gata last week. Be­tween Au­gust 5-10, a Nee­dles St garage was en­tered through an open win­dow. The of­fend­ers took two 10 litre pails of un­der­coat paint and three paint trays, six paint brushes and two lengths of weather board.

Peo­ple with info should call Bal­clutha po­lice on (03) 418 0203 or Crimes­top­pers 0800555111.

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