Surge in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON Fam­ily vi­o­lence

Last week we had nine bur­glar­ies which is high for us. Six of these took place in the Bal­moral Dr and south­ern end of Marae­tai Rd area so they have been quite lo­calised.

All sorts of items have been tar­geted so make sure all prop­erty is se­cured by lock­ing doors and win­dows.

Peo­ple in this area also need to be vig­i­lant and call 111, the sta­tion on 885 0100, or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 if they see any sus­pi­cious peo­ple hang­ing around or if they know where this prop­erty is go­ing.

There were 19 re­ports of fam­ily vi­o­lence made to po­lice over the week and eight peo­ple have been charged with var­i­ous of­fences.

The main mes­sage I want to get across is to seek help early be­fore you find a sit­u­a­tion is get­ting out of hand. Call us for as­sis­tance or one of the many sup­port agen­cies out there.

The thing with fam­ily vi­o­lence is it can af­fect any­one re­gard­less of age, race, or back­ground.

If you see signs of fam­ily vi­o­lence af­fect­ing fam­ily or friends talk to them and make sure they are okay. There is also no harm in re­port­ing things to us on their be­half so we can get agen­cies in­volved to help them.

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