Bur­glary spike hits city

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Al­most 60 house bur­glar­ies, 15 stolen ve­hi­cles and 25 re­ported thefts from cars in the past fort­night have po­lice and Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port con­cerned.

Palmer­ston North Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port field of­fi­cer Sian Bullen said the bur­glary fig­ures in par­tic­u­lar were high.

‘‘That’s nearly five bur­glar­ies a day. The trou­ble is, some peo­ple are not re­port­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to po­lice.’’

Na­tion­ally there has been an 18 per cent spike in break-ins, and the city ap­pears to be fol­low­ing that trend.

Po­lice area preven­tion man­ager In­spec­tor Dave White asked res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant.

‘‘If you are at home dur­ing the day and hear house alarms or see sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to please con­tact po­lice on 111 so we can in­ves­ti­gate as soon as pos­si­ble.’’

White said warmer con­di­tions would make houses more vul­ner­a­ble.

‘‘As the weather warms up it is tempt­ing to have more doors and win­dows open while you work around the prop­erty. Please be aware that some of­fend­ers take ad­van­tage of that to en­ter even when you are work­ing on your prop­erty.’’

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