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This po­lice re­port comes with a warn­ing to would-be thieves, that you never know who is watch­ing. Three of the five bur­glar­ies re­ported to po­lice in the past week were the re­sult of neigh­bours look­ing out for each other.

‘‘Mem­bers of the pub­lic or neigh­bours wit­nessed or in­ter­vened and told their neigh­bours they had seen some­one on the prop­erty,’’ said Mata­mata-Pi­ako po­lice pre­ven­tion sergeant Blair Hayde.

‘‘It’s re­ally pleas­ing to see the com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether to keep an eye on each oth­ers prop­erty. That’s the real strength of a smaller com­mu­nity, that peo­ple care.’’

The re­ported bur­glar­ies took place at Stan­ley St, Nikau Plc and Price Tce. An at­tempted bur­glary took place at a school off Ho­haia St.

This was re­ported on by com­mu­nity mem­bers who chased the young­sters off. A quad bike at a SH27 prop­erty be­tween Mata­mata and Wa­haroa was in­ter­fered with, but not taken.

Along with bur­glar­ies, three fam­ily harm in­ci­dents were also re­ported in the past week and Hayde says he en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to con­tinue to re­port such is­sues to po­lice.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako po­lice con­tin­u­ing their fo­cus on ve­hi­cles re­straints as well as the use of phones and de­vices, which cause dis­trac­tions to driv­ers.

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