OPPORTUNIST CRIME

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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.’’

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