Thieves tar­get­ing cars, prop­erty in Waiuku

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SE­NIOR SERGEANT DEAN BOR­RELL

‘‘Put locks on the sheds, move stuff of value out of open sheds to some­where you can lock up, lock your gate, get an alarm.’’

Thieves have been very ac­tive in Waiuku lately.

They are thiev­ing from ru­ral prop­er­ties to­wards the coast and the lower Awhitu Penin­sula area plus houses in town around the har­bour­side and river­side area.

Cars in that area are also get­ting bro­ken into.

Their method of op­er­a­tion at ru­ral ad­dress is sim­ply driv­ing around look­ing for likely tar­gets. Com­monly they are steal­ing from sheds and tak­ing items like tools, ma­chin­ery, build­ing ma­te­ri­als,gas cylin­ders, etc, left out­side.

So the mes­sage is: se­cure your shed­ding and avoid leav­ing items of any value out- side.

We need to se­cure sheds, garages and barns as much as the house.

Put locks on the sheds, move stuff of value out of open sheds to some­where you can lock up, lock your gate, get an alarm.

These of­fences are called bur­glar­ies but in my ex­pe­ri­ence bur­glar­ies have changed.

A few years ago it was com­monly a bur­glar climb­ing through a win­dow maybe tak­ing TVs, jew­ellery and the like.

Now it is items such as lawn­mow­ers, tools, build­ing ma­te­ri­als and even stock that are taken from sheds or out­side.

Al­ways keep an eye on your com­mu­nity - whether that’s your road or neigh­bours; in­ves­ti­gate a car ar­riv­ing at the neigh­bours’ dur­ing the day, and phone 111 right then if you are sus­pi­cious.

If a car comes up your drive­way and you don’t know them or ex­pect any­one I’d be call­ing po­lice right then.

Al­most ev­ery bur­glary we at­tend is fol­lowed up with a story that a neigh­bour or some­one saw a dodgy car but didn’t think it was worth phon­ing.

Usu­ally, if you are home they will drive off, but only to go to the next house, it’s to­tally op­por­tunis­tic.

In town, cars parked up drive­ways and on the road­side overnight are get­ting a win­dow smashed and rum­maged through for any­thing of value.

Park your cars in your garage, leave noth­ing of value on dis­play, and tradies - you’re go­ing to have to take the tools in­side for the night.

Crime al­ways trends up and down in dif­fer­ent ar­eas , the good news is that bur­glars al­ways get caught even­tu­ally, but this week we need your help.

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