Car thieves are active in Pukekohe and Waiuku
Over the past three to four days, we’ve had a number of cars stolen in Waiuku and Pukekohe.
Most have been stolen late at night from quieter residential areas, but a couple also during the day. The time and place they are stolen and the offenders’ method of operation indicate to us that there is a definite link between each offence and the offenders are the same group.
On Sunday evening Police were alerted by a resident in Parsot Ave, Pukekohe as he had seen someone trying to break into a car parked on his street.
Our night shift saturated the area looking for this person who had gone when we arrived. While searching we found a stolen car parked and abandoned nearby, this had been taken from Waiuku earlier that evening.
Clearly this was the car the offenders arrived at Parsot Ave in. Perhaps because it was low on fuel they decided to dump it and try and steal another. The alert resident stopped that.
A police dog arrived but failed to pick up a decent track, we didn’t make any arrests but gathered a bit of evidence. A few hours later another car was stolen not far away.
Monday night was almost the same - we were called about someone trying car doors off Wellington St, Pukekohe in the middle of the night. While looking for them we found the aforementioned car stolen earlier during the day, now abandoned close by at the Jubilee Pools. We didn’t find the offenders but later another stolen car taken nearby from this location was found abandoned in Princess St.
Clearly the offenders are stealing cars just to get from A to B or until they run out of gas and then steal another nearby. I hope by next week I’ll be able to tell you that we have arrested someone.
All the cars were locked, and were older models. The offenders broke the rear quarter window and then tampered with the ignition to start them.
What can you do to help and prevent this happening? Always lock your car, and think about whether you can leave it somewhere more secure like off the street, under street or sensor lighting or best still in your garage or behind a closed gate.
Consider a car alarm - an alarm going off at night will wake up the street. If it’s an older model that’s easy to start, maybe you could get a steering lock or immobilise your car somehow.
Don’t leave any valuables in sight, that’s just a magnet for thieves. If you see someone walking around at night, looking at cars, up driveways, or trying to avoid being seen, phone 111 straight away. We can be there in minutes and get a tracker dog. It’s the best way to catch them. Report any suspicious activity to us at the time by calling 111.