Bur­glars target prop­erty while oc­cu­pants at home

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

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.’’

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