Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Te Reipa Morunga Sergeant, Tu­rangi Po­lice

Tena koutou ka­toa. We had eight bur­glar­ies and eight fam­ily harm in­ci­dents re­ported last week.

A 43-year-old lo­cal man has been charged with three counts of bur­glary in re­la­tion to some of the break-ins at Jel­li­coe Point I men­tioned last week. His ar­rest came af­ter a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted in Taupo¯, and on­go­ing en­quiries are be­ing made in re­la­tion to ma­te­ri­als found at the ad­dress.

A cou­ple of our bur­glar­ies last week were ru­ral and one was a stolen quad bike. It can be dif­fi­cult try­ing to re­unite peo­ple with their stolen prop­erty if they don’t keep in­for­ma­tion, such as se­rial num­bers (or VIN num­bers for ve­hi­cles) of their valu­ables. Make the ef­fort to prop­erly record se­rial num­bers of valu­able things so we can match them to their own­ers when found.

I also want to push for more com­mu­nity vig­i­lance. Some thefts and bur­glar­ies can be avoided by peo­ple tak­ing more in­ter­est in what’s hap­pen­ing around them. If you see any­thing sus­pi­cious, take a note or de­scrip­tion, talk to your neigh­bour and check out noises like the dog bark­ing or glass break­ing. Call us im­me­di­ately if you see some­one who shouldn’t be in your area or looks sus­pi­cious.

I en­cour­age res­i­dents of Tau­pahi Rd and Mo­tuoapa es­pe­cially as re­cent crime shows some­one is tar­get­ing these ar­eas.

Have a good week, Te Reipa.

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