Big jump in Tu¯rangi bur­glar­ies

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Te Reipa Morunga Sergeant Tu¯rangi Po­lice

Kia ora koutou. Af­ter months of low bur­glary fig­ures we had a big jump last week with 10 bur­glar­ies re­ported.

Part of the rea­son for this sud­den spike was a spate of bur­glar­ies around hol­i­day homes. Peo­ple ar­rive for the week­end or a break to find their home has been bro­ken into in their ab­sence.

Three of last week’s re­ported bur­glar­ies were in the Jel­li­coe Point area, but one of the great things is that from CCTV footage we have very strong lines of en­quiry and we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing these with the help of the Taupo¯ Tac­ti­cal Crime Unit. The homes had cam­eras and alarms and they were mon­i­tored as well so the se­cu­rity guards got out there quickly.

It’s worth­while look­ing at CCTV or alarm sys­tems to pro­tect your prop­erty as the price of these has dropped dra­mat­i­cally and these days you can look at what’s hap­pen­ing on your prop­erty on the screen of your mo­bile phone or lap­top from Welling­ton, Auck­land or even over­seas. I think es­pe­cially for hol­i­day homes where a lot of the ar­eas don’t have many full- time res­i­dents it’s an­other nice lit­tle safe­guard for them. I re­mem­ber one in­ci­dent where there was a bur­glary in progress and the home owner was watch­ing them on his lap­top from an­other place in New Zealand. We ar­rived, sur­rounded the house and ar­rested a male for bur­glary. The footage from the cam­eras is much clearer these days too which is a big help.

Some of the other bur­glar­ies in­volved petrol tanks be­ing taken from boats, also in hol­i­day home ar­eas such as Mo­tuoapa and Tau­ranga-Taupo¯, where the boats have been parked out­side and thieves are tak­ing their tanks, ob­vi­ously for the petrol. Peo­ple get boats ready to go out the next day and don’t se­cure them overnight. All it takes is an op­por­tunist to come along. It is much bet­ter to lock the gear away as it doesn’t take long to chuck a tank on or the fish­ing rods in the morn­ing.

We had one un­law­ful tak­ing last week, a mo­tor­bike which was re­cov­ered later af­ter some help from lo­cals. We also re­cov­ered some stolen bikes and re­turned them, and we have some good leads. Last week we recorded three fam­ily harm in­ci­dents.

In two the par­ties were sep­a­rated and in the third a man was ar­rested and re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear in court.

Fi­nally, we need your help to find Chevy Duff, 16, who ab­sconded from a bail ad­dress in Auck­land and now has a war­rant for his ar­rest. We know he is in our lo­cal area.

Po­lice want to speak to him about the re­cent in­crease in crime in Tu¯rangi. If you know his where­abouts please con­tact Tu¯rangi Po­lice on 386 7709 or anony­mously on 0800 CRIMELINE.

Nga¯ mihi, Te Reipa.

WANTED: Chevy Duff

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