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An in­crease in home CCTV has helped po­lice in iden­ti­fy­ing of­fend­ers.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako po­lice pre­ven­tion sergeant Blair Hayde says Mata­mata and Wa­haroa res­i­dents have con­tin­ued to be vig­i­lant in help­ing po­lice iden­tify two ac­tive dis­hon­esty of­fend­ers. He also said an in­crease in home CCTV sys­tems is also prov­ing to be a use­ful de­ter­rent.

‘‘If you have the abil­ity, it is money well spent as you can get good bang for your buck,’’ he said.

He said other de­ter­rents also in­clude good light­ing and nosey, noisy dogs.

Seven bur­glar­ies were re­ported over the past week. On a Wa­haroa Rd, SH27 prop­erty, a quad bike was in­terred with, but not taken, which Hayde said was a re­sult of the farmer not leav­ing his keys in it, or it likely would have been taken.

Other bur­glar­ies were re­ported at Jones St and Ward S,t Wa­haroa and Inaka Plc and Daw­son St. On Okauia Springs Rd, il­le­gal squat­ters en­tered a prop­erty.

A lawn­mower was taken from a Car­roll St ad­dress in Wa­haroa, the thief then tried to sell it to a neigh­bour. Hayde said he is prais­ing the ac­tions of the neigh­bour who did the right thing by reporting it, rather than buy­ing a cheap mower.

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