Stay vig­i­lant over sum­mer

Kaikoura Star - - NEWS - By BY RICHARD KEAN

Po­lice are urg­ing peo­ple liv­ing in the Kaik­oura area not to give thieves any chance of an easy score over sum­mer.

A Kaik­oura man has been ar­rested and charged in relation to a break-in at a Torquay Street house last week.

Sergeant Matt Boyce, of Kaik­oura, said po­lice ap­pre­hend the man based on ev­i­dence at the scene and help from neigh­bours.

‘‘It was some foren­sic work and some lo­cal knowl­edge. Peo­ple know who is around and what they are up to,’’ he said.

An 18-year-old Kaik­oura man ap­peared in the Blen­heim Dis­trict Court on Mon­day charged with bur­glary, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty and two charges of theft.

A business owner on the street said the po­lice had been ask­ing if any­one saw any­thing, but as it had been late at night she had not been aware of the dis­tur­bance.

A Torquay St res­i­dent said said she didn’t know any­thing about

There are op­por­tunists who will take some­thing if they think the re­ward is greater than the

chance of get­ting caught.

the in­ci­dent late Wed­nes­day or early Thurs­day morn­ing, but was con­cerned to hear about it, be­cause she had heard of a few other bur­glar­ies in the town.

Boyce said peo­ple should not take for granted the safety of their be­long­ings, es­pe­cially with the in­flux of peo­ple into town for sum­mer.

‘‘We still want peo­ple to take care to lock stuff up. There are op­por­tunists who will take some­thing if they think the re­ward is greater than the chance of get­ting caught,’’ Boyce said.

‘‘If there are no op­por­tu­ni­ties th­ese things might not hap­pen.’’

Win­dow stays were a good idea, so win­dows could be left open in sum­mer with­out be­ing able to be opened all the way and al­low­ing some­one to climb through.

Po­lice ad­vise peo­ple to look care­fully around the house at doors and win­dows which may be eas­ily opened, and con­sider in­stalling an alarm, or get a per­sonal alarm which can be ac­ti­vated in an emer­gency.

Hav­ing neigh­bours keep an eye on your prop­erty, es­pe­cially when you are away, and in turn look­ing out for neigh­bours is of­ten enough to de­ter op­por­tunist thefts.

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