More day­time bur­glar­ies re­ported

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Phil Ed­wards Se­nior Sergeant Taupo¯ Po­lice

Te¯na¯ koutou ev­ery­one.

Over the past seven days Taupo¯ Po­lice have had a rel­a­tively steady week with 145 com­plaints recorded. We’ve re­ceived 13 bur­glary com­plaints in the last seven days. We nor­mally see around six or seven bur­glar­ies. There were three day­time bur­glar­ies in the Nukuhau area, one where a win­dow was smashed, a sec­ond where med­i­ca­tion was taken and a third where a tele­vi­sion was taken.

We’ve had a fur­ther two day­time bur­glar­ies at Tu¯whare­toa St ad­dresses where a cell phone and tablet were taken in one and a watch in a sec­ond. In a day­time bur­glary on Ta­harepa Rd a shed was en­tered and a dirt bike taken. In a night bur­glary on Ta­harepa Rd a win­dow was bro­ken, but no en­try gained. The other bur­glar­ies were Arthur Cres, Konini St, Parata Rd and Ta­ma­mutu St, day­time bur­glar­ies where the house has been en­tered and searched. We had a sec­ond night bur­glary on In­gle Ave where a house was en­tered and small items taken.

We will be de­ploy­ing into these ar­eas to pre­vent fur­ther of­fend­ing. Taupo¯ Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad will be re­view­ing these files, iden­tify of­fend­ers and lo­cate and ar­rest them.

Most were com­mit­ted while own­ers have been away and all own­ers se­cured their prop­erty by lock­ing the doors and in some in­stances set­ting the alarm. I still en­cour­age ev­ery­one to lock premises, where pos­si­ble in­stall an alarm and set it even if you’re only go­ing away for the day.

I am look­ing at in­stalling se­cu­rity catches on my own win­dows and I would en­cour­age you to do the same be­fore sum­mer. The tem­per­a­tures will rise out­side and also in­side. We also need to keep our prop­erty se­cure

As a lot of these bur­glar­ies (10) were in day­time, we need your help. If you see any­thing out of place or any­thing sus­pi­cious please give us a call on 111 so that our teams can come, lo­cate that sus­pi­cious per­son or ve­hi­cle and iden­tify who they are.

It is a sim­ple call such as this that will give us the break we’re look­ing for and pos­si­bly iden­tify who is com­mit­ting these of­fences in this area.

What is en­cour­ag­ing is to see that theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cles and gen­eral theft has re­mained steady.

I am con­fi­dent that if Po­lice de­ploy staff into the right ar­eas, we use our part­ners such as Taupo¯ Com­mu­nity Pa­trols, Taupo¯ Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port and you, the com­mu­nity, we can re­duce these bur­glar­ies and also iden­tify the of­fend­ers and have them held ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion that can as­sist Po­lice with their en­quiries into these bur­glar­ies and/or an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of an of­fender or group of of­fend­ers then please con­tact CrimeStop­pers on 0800 555 111 to give us in­for­ma­tion about crime with­out re­veal­ing your iden­tity.

Have a great week and stay safe out there as you en­joy the warmer weather.

Nga¯ mihi, Phil.

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