Lock car doors on the go, driv­ers urged

Man tries to get in woman’s car while she was stopped at lights

The Northern Advocate - - Front Page - Kristin Edge

AWhanga¯rei woman is urg­ing mo­torists to travel with their doors locked af­ter a man tried to climb into her car as she drove home from a late-night shift.

Krystal Marsh, 25, has spo­ken out af­ter the scary in­ci­dent early yes­ter­day.

“I’d just fin­ished work and was at the lights on Hatea Dr head­ing to­wards Nixon St and some­one tried to jump in my car. Not only did they try the front door, they tried the back door, too,” Marsh re­called.

At the time, Marsh was on her own and had no cell­phone with her. She drove to her Whau Val­ley home and told her part­ner about the in­ci­dent. He ad­vised her to call the po­lice, who im­me­di­ately dis­patched of­fi­cers to search the area.

Marsh said the man, who was on his own, was dressed in a hooded sweat­shirt and blue jeans and was about 1.76m tall.

“I ran a red light,” she said. For­tu­nately, her doors were locked. The last thing she saw of the man was him run­ning off down Mill Rd to­wards the cen­tral city. Po­lice were un­able to track him down.

She posted on a pop­u­lar Face­book page telling peo­ple of her ex­pe­ri­ence in the hope she could spread the safety mes­sage to lock car doors while driv­ing.

It had gen­er­ated a num­ber of com­ments, with some peo­ple say­ing they had also had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences.

Kahui Neho com­mented: “I won­der if that was the same per­son that did the same to me at the Kens­ing­ton lights a cou­ple weeks back, want­ing to go to Kamo.”

Trinny Tok­erau had some safety ad­vice of her own: “Make lots of noise. Hit the horn hard. You will at­tract peo­ple’s at­ten­tion with noise.”

Act­ing area pre­ven­tion man­ager f or Whanga¯rei and Kaipara, Sergeant James Calvert, said some cars au­to­mat­i­cally locked when be­ing driven, but man­u­ally lock­ing car doors was a sen­si­ble and easy pre­cau­tion to take.

He said any­one driv­ing at night should have a phone so help could be called quickly.

“The sooner you call the po­lice, the bet­ter,” he said.

“If you are in a po­si­tion to make some noise and at­tract the at­ten­tion of some­one, they could call for help.

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, peo­ple who are com­mit­ting crimes don’t like at­ten­tion be­ing drawn to them.”

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Krystal Marsh was spooked by a man who tried to get into her car as she drove home.

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