Keep your prop­erty safe over the hol­i­days

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PO­LICE RE­PORT

Burglaries in Mata­mata have de­clined, but po­lice says this means ex­tra vig­i­lance is needed to keep the num­bers down.

Mata­mata po­lice say there has still been crime re­ported in the past few weeks.

A locked spray shed on Tau­ranga Road was bro­ken into by of­fend­ers crack­ing open the pad­lock but noth­ing was taken. A home­less male en­tered a hall on Okauia Springs Road through an open win­dow but noth­ing was taken.

A fire was lit un­der a small road bridge on Omahine Road caus­ing dam­age to the rail­ings of the bridge. Po­lice say it ap­pears to have been lit on pur­pose as a num­ber of items such as smoul­der­ing car­pet were found in the ashes. A 2012 Honda TRX500, with keys left in the ig­ni­tion, was taken from Old Te Aroha Road.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako po­lice preven­tion of­fi­cer Aimee Searle says de­spite the pos­i­tive news of re­duced burglaries, op­por­tunist thieves are tar­get­ing un­locked ve­hi­cles in drive­ways and will take ad­van­tage of empty prop­er­ties over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

‘‘The amount of ru­ral burglaries and thefts has de­clined dra­mat­i­cally, this is awe­some news and if we all con­tinue to keep up the hard work then hope­fully we will stay on top over the hol­i­day sea­son,’’ she says. Some ways to pre­vent prop­erty be­ing tar­geted is to make the home ap­pear lived in, such as lock­ing doors and win­dows, ask some­one to draw cur­tains and turn on lights at night, and have mail held by NZ Post or get your mail box cleared.

‘‘Tell trusted neigh­bours your plans and con­sider let­ting po­lice know your ad­dress will be va­cant in case of any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity re­ported in the area.’’

She says road safety is still al­ways a con­cern as in­creased road us­age with hol­i­day trav­ellers can also mean more road crashes.

‘‘Re­mem­ber they will ex­tra busy and so will we.’’ be

FAIR­FAX NZ

Mata­mata-Pi­ako po­lice preven­tion of­fi­cer Aimee Searle pro­vides re­al­is­tic crime-preven­tion ad­vice in her Ru­ral Safety Net­work news­let­ter.

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