Operation doing its bit in keeping kids in school
‘‘So not only were they skipping school, but committing crimes. ’’
Last week I wrote about the truancy operation we were running and this week I can I’ll tell you about some success we’ve had since.
A group of high school students were located wandering around Pukekohe and returned to school last Wednesday during the day.
We later investigated an incident where three cars had been broken into near the Pukekohe railway station and in town. After looking at some CCTV footage we had available, the officers recognised the offenders as the same group who had been returned to school.
So not only were they skipping school, but committing crimes which is the link I talked about last week, between truancy and committing of crimes. The students were then interviewed by us.
We had reports of a handful of cars broken into but they told us they had broken into up to 20. So over 10 offences had not been reported to us.
We are still trying to locate complaints. Please tell us if your car is broken in to or of any crimes. If we don’t know, we can’t do anything about preventing it and when we do catch up with the offenders we can’t put the offences to them.
These offenders were using a screwdriver or vice grips to break a rear quarter window of these parked cars and then search inside.
Others acted as look-outs. As always cars were often selected because they had items of value visible inside. Put such items in the boot, under the seat or leave it at home.
The carparks around the Pukekohe railway station in particular are being actively targeted by thieves. Please be extra vigilant when in the area.
It’s a slap in the face for the vehicle owner - they leave home early, park their car for the day, and catch a train into the city. At the end of the day they get back to their car to find it’s been broken in to. I totally sympathise and am determined to put a stop to it .
Five juveniles where dealt with by police and referred to our Youth Aid section. They will appear in the Youth Court. We are also seeking costs from them towards repairs and replacement of property that wasn’t located.
The truancy operation continues for the rest of the week across Franklin. If you see students out and about during school hours, let us know if you think they are truanting. If you’re a parent make sure they’re going to school, and retailers - don’t serve them which will discourage this behaviour.