Lock it or lose it is a repetitive phrase, but it’s appears to be something regularly neglected in Matamata.
A spate of opportunist burglaries has Matamata police urging residents to keep their valuables under lock and key.
Matamata police sergeant Craig Thorne says there is a common trend of insecure vehicles being targeted in the Matamata CBD.
‘‘Please remember to lock your vehicles at all times,’’ he said. This comes after reports of burglaries from three unlocked vehicles in the last week on Kauri Cres, Burwood Road and Rowan Place.
Other burglaries also occurred on Konini Place, Te Poi South, Tower Road, Tauranga Rd, Piakoiti Road, York Place, Hopkins Road and a SH29 commercial premises.
Valuables are not the only thing police are urging people to keep secure, but vehicle occupants as well. Matamata police are running a restraint campaign and Thorne says they make no excuses for issuing infringement notices for seatbelts not being worn.
‘‘Wearing them does save lives and serious injuries, this is a proven fact,’’ he says. ‘‘It only takes one click so make it click for you and your family to have a safer journey.’’