Burglars target property while occupants at home
This week I want to talk about another crime trend affecting Franklin.
This time, it’s in Pukekohe North and Tuakau, and is what we call occupant home burglaries which are occurring in these areas in the evenings and overnight from around 9pm to 3am when the occupant is at home.
The offenders are getting in through doors or windows that are not locked or left open.
Items being taken are car keys and in turn vehicles, plus small electronic items like laptops, and bank cards from wallets or handbags.
Often the occupant has woken to a noise and the offender has taken off - but a number of times they have slept through the crime and woken to discover the burglary.
We treat these burglaries very seriously. To go onto someone’s property to steal is one thing but to climb inside a home knowing there’s someone asleep inside is concerning.
To prevent this happening, make sure you lock your house up, even when you’re at home at night. Lock all doors and close the windows.
As I’ve said before, burglars are opportunistic and will walk around testing your security by trying door handles or looking for open windows.
If they have to make a noise to get in, they will go elsewhere. If you hear a suspicious noise or disturb someone in your house, turn the lights on and shout out.
The good news is, so far when caught in the act the offenders have run away and there has been no confrontation.
But you must phone 111 immediately.
Nights are great for catching burglars, police dogs can track if it’s fresh with limited risk of contamination.
It’s likely that a police car can get into the area within a couple of minutes or less.
Don’t wander around outside as this will affect the dog’s ability to find the right scent.
In this community, as with most crime, we have a good idea who’s doing it and are just waiting on a few pieces to fit in place so we have sufficient grounds to make an arrest, but by locking your doors and closing windows properly you can prevent this happening in the first place.
‘‘We treat these burglaries very seriously. To go onto someone’s property to steal is one thing but to climb inside a home knowing there’s someone asleep inside is concerning.’’