Stay vigilant over summer
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.