A re­minder to lock cars

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Po­lice are ask­ing car own­ers to take a sim­ple step to­wards pro­tect­ing against thefts - lock the car.

A spate of thefts from ve­hi­cles in Pa­pamoa, near Tau­ranga in the Bay of Plenty has of­fi­cer in charge of Pa­pamoa Po­lice Sergeant Tris­tan Mur­ray sound­ing a warn­ing.

‘‘You have a lock on your car for a rea­son so make sure you use it and pre­vent your­self be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime,’’ Mur­ray said.

A num­ber of peo­ple in Pa­pamoa seem averse to lock­ing their cars re­cently, he said.

‘‘At least 15 ve­hi­cles in the Pa­pamoa East area, both on the road and in drive­ways of prop­er­ties, were tar­geted over the week­end.’’

None of the ve­hi­cles had been locked.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter where you are parked, your car can al­ways be tar­geted by op­por­tunis­tic thieves,’’ he said.

Po­lice will con­tinue to fo­cus on ve­hi­cle crime and en­cour­age any­one whose car had been en­tered over the week­end to call Pa­pamoa Po­lice on 07 572 2440.

Peo­ple in the Hau­raki Coro­man­del should also keep an eye out.

Sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour should be re­ported to 111.

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