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.