Parked cars thieves’ latest target
Parked cars lining the streets of newly developed areas in Flat Bush are ripe for break-ins, police warn.
Between September 9-10 alone 12 cars were broken into in a new section of development behind Ormiston Town Centre.
Counties Manukau East area commander Inspector Wendy Spiller says a number of valuables were left in cars overnight.
Wallets, laptops and gym bags being left in cars are being stolen, she says.
‘‘These are around terraced and new housing areas. Large homes with short-term tenants or adult children living with their families.’’
The end result often sees a number of cars parked on the Flat Bush streets - particularly at night.
While theft from cars remains an issue, so to is cars being stolen.
‘‘These are older cars, pre-2005, that are easier to take,’’ Spiller says.
The inspector urges anyone who sees suspicious behaviour to report it.
‘‘We sometimes hear people say they heard a noise but they don’t check it out. If they see someone or something suspicious call 111.’’
Police staff are talking with nearby Ormiston schools to get the message out. It’s hoped that the message will be passed on their families, Spiller says.
Cars often line the streets of new developments in south-east Auckland - especially a night.