Po­lice crime preven­tion ad­vice for the week:

Waihi Leader - - News -

In some cases bur­glars and thieves have worn high vis cloth­ing and work wear, giv­ing the ap­pear­ance that they are trades­men con­duct­ing le­git­i­mate busi­ness.

Other times of­fend­ers have dis­guised them­selves wear­ing name tags, uni­forms and pre­sent­ing fake iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pos­ing as me­tre read­ers, coun­cil work­ers, char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions or door-to-door sales peo­ple. Some of­fend­ers are brazen enough to even pose as emer­gency ser­vice work­ers, in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cers.

Al­ways be wary and if you’re not sure ask for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. An­other op­tion is to ask for a head of­fice phone num­ber and su­per­vi­sor to call and check them out. All peo­ple on le­git­i­mate busi­ness will carry iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

If you’re not sure or sus­pect some­thing is not right, call po­lice 111 im­me­di­ately and make a note of de­scrip­tions and ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions.

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