Keep your property safe over the holidays
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
Matamata-Piako police prevention officer Aimee Searle provides realistic crime-prevention advice in her Rural Safety Network newsletter.