Crime ris­ing as Christ­mas nears

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

It has been a very busy week for po­lice and we at­tended 25 family vi­o­lence in­ci­dents which is get­ting up there.

Of those, there were four ar­rests, one of which was for a se­ri­ous as­sault with the vic­tim need­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

At this time of the year we do tend to see a rise in family vi­o­lence numbers so re­mem­ber to seek help be­fore things get out of hand and take a break if you need to.

‘‘Even if you see some­thing sus­pi­cious two streets away give us a call be­cause in small towns like we live in th­ese peo­ple are not go­ing to be re­stricted to one street, they will be mov­ing ev­ery­where.’’

There were nine bur­glar­ies dur­ing the week which is twice the nor­mal num­ber we tend to see.

A lot of th­ese are what I’d call mi­nor in na­ture with small amounts of prop­erty be­ing taken but there have been a cou­ple of more con­cern­ing ones in the Benella and Manaia St ar­eas where all elec­tron­ics with­out ex­emp­tion and cash have been taken. At Christ­mas the vic­tims are re­ally feel­ing it.

Not that th­ese peo­ple hadn’t but the mes­sage here has to be around mak­ing sure you se­cure prop­erty and if you do see some­one hang­ing around call the po­lice.

Even if you see some­thing sus­pi­cious two streets away give us a call be­cause in small towns like we live in th­ese peo­ple are not go­ing to be re­stricted to one street, they will be mov­ing ev­ery­where.

If you are go­ing away let family and friends know so they can keep an eye on your house and so there are peo­ple mov­ing around. You can also let us know and we will try our best to drive by and check that ev­ery­thing is okay.

Re­mem­ber at this time of the year there is go­ing to be more traf­fic on the roads and that trips are go­ing to take longer so plan ahead and watch speeds and fol­low­ing dis­tances.

Over the week­end there was a spate of graf­fiti in the Pa­panui, Duke St area where houses and fences have been hit. If any­one has got in­for­ma­tion about this get in touch with us. You can do this anony­mously via Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555 111.

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