Burglary spike hits city
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.’’