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The main con­cern at the mo­ment is the high num­ber of ru­ral thefts tak­ing place which is likely to be­come more of an is­sue as we ap­proach June 1 with farm­ers mov­ing prop­er­ties around that time.

The mes­sage here is re­ally to stay vig­i­lant at all times and check to make sure prop­erty is where you left it.

A cou­ple of re­ports we’ve re­ceived have been around stuff that has been seen a week and a half ago but when they have gone back to check it, it’s gone so it re­ally is about know­ing where things are and check­ing on them reg­u­larly.

Items such as chain­saws and tools are usu­ally the main tar­gets but we have also had mo­tor­bikes, fuel, and other farm­ing equip­ment be­ing stolen.

Most of this has been hap­pen­ing around the Old Taupo Rd area and out to­wards Man­gakino but areas in Lich­field, Ti­rau, and Mof­fat Rd in Toko­roa have also been hit.

Peo­ple need to be ex­tra vig­i­lant around iso­lated farms, down quite ru­ral roads as that’s where the ma­jor­ity of this crime is tak­ing place, and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

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