CCTV HELPS POLICE
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.