Thieves take gar­den gear

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata po­lice are puz­zled fol­low­ing a month-long spate of un­usual thefts.

Gar­den or­na­ments have been the out­stand­ing item of in­ter­est stolen in Mata­mata.

Mata­mata po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Blair Hayde says the items taken are not of great mon­e­tary value and po­lice can’t see a mo­tive for the thefts.

In the past month there have been over 12 re­ports of miss­ing gar­den or­na­ments, six-to-eight in the past two weeks.

He is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to tighten se­cu­rity around homes, in­clud­ing adding CCTV and se­cu­rity lights.

Peo­ple should be alert to pet dogs bark­ing dur­ing the night.

He says this is a good time to be a nice neigh­bour and keep an eye on prop­er­ties to­gether, re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious and take pho­tos us­ing a smart phone where pos­si­ble.

Po­lice would like to hear any in­for­ma­tion about who may be re­spon­si­ble.

‘‘Please come in an see us, or call. Con­fi­den­tial­ity is avail­able,’’ said Hayde.

Call 0800 Crime Stop­pers (555 111) or 111 if you need to con­tact po­lice or re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

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