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Po­lice are crack­ing down on bur­glar­ies and theft from ru­ral prop­er­ties around Mata­mata as of­fend­ers start to ramp up their ac­tiv­ity, maybe prompted by the warmer weather as sum­mer ap­proaches. Po­lice say gen­er­ally peo­ple are be­ing very help­ful and dili­gent about re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity but there’s more the com­mu­nity can do to pre­vent them­selves be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime. Cars need to be locked when not be­ing used and prop­er­ties se­cured. But as you will read from our re­port on page 5 this week, that not even a pad­lock or se­cu­rity cam­era stopped thieves’ en­thu­si­asm for rob­bing other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. Maybe it’s time to look at neigh­bour­hood groups to in­crease se­cu­rity around the district. Liv­ing in ru­ral lo­ca­tions has its chal­lenges, in terms of dis­tances be­tween peo­ple, but good com­mu­ni­ca­tion and keep­ing in touch with the lo­cal po­lice staff can go some way to pre­vent­ing the cur­rent crime pat­tern from get­ting out of con­trol.

Lawrence Gullery

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