Two years, six car break-ins

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY

A West Auck­land woman is con­sid­er­ing leav­ing her ‘‘un­safe’’ neighbourhood.

West Harbour’s Sandee Rika and her fam­ily have ex­pe­ri­enced six ve­hi­cle break-ins over the past two years.

‘‘We’re se­ri­ously think­ing of mov­ing out of west Auck­land. I feel it’s be­come just so un­safe,’’ the 45-year-old said.

Po­lice stats in­di­cate car break-ins are on the de­crease in the area, but Rika said her neighbourhood has changed for the worse.

‘‘You don’t feel safe walk­ing down the street any­more. You can’t even have your car parked on the road, she said.

Rika’s daugh­ter-in-law Jane De Groot’s ve­hi­cle was bro­ken into dur­ing the early hours of June 27.

The 23-year-old’s right rear vent win­dow was smashed while it was parked on Luck­ens Rd.

De Groot said a packet of tis­sues was stolen but not the ex­pen­sive pair of glasses.

It cost nearly $500 to re­pair the glass – nearly ‘‘a week’s pay’’.

Po­lice data for the Waitakere area for 2017 up to May showed there were 461 re­ported vic­tim­i­sa­tions of theft of ve­hi­cle parts or con­tents.

But the num­ber of such crimes ap­pears to be on the de­crease as over the same five months the year be­fore, 646 were re­ported.

And over the whole of 2016 there were 1513 such crimes re­ported, down on 1873 the year be­fore.

Th­ese num­bers do not in­clude stolen ve­hi­cles. Rika re­ported five of her six in­ci­dents to the po­lice.

De­tec­tive Ser­jeant Steve Mathe­son, from the Waitakere Po­lice tac­ti­cal crime unit, said one bro­ken-into car was ‘‘one too many’’.

It was ‘‘en­cour­ag­ing’’ though the trend was down­wards, he said.

‘‘It’s a sign of the pres­sure the po­lice were putting on in­di­vid­u­als, be­cause we know who’s doing it.’’

Mathe­son said of­fend­ers tar­geted un­locked door handles, or smashed the rear quar­ter win­dows to draw less at­ten­tion.

Rika said she planned to in­stall a $1000 CCTV sys­tem.

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