Parked cars thieves’ lat­est tar­get

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JARRED WIL­LIAMSON

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.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON/STUFF

Cars of­ten line the streets of new de­vel­op­ments in south-east Auck­land - es­pe­cially a night.

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