Police are urging the public to focus on property and vehicle security before Christmas after a spike in reported burglaries.
Senior Sergeant Dylan Murray said that since last Friday, there had been reports of 16 burglaries, two vehicles unlawfully taken and four thefts from vehicles in the Aoraki policing area.
“A spike in burglary offences is a timely reminder to ensure your home and property are made as safe as possible to avoid theft or damage.
“There is no particular pattern of offending, with all occurrences being evenly spread in urban and rural areas, as well as across dwelling and commercial premises.”
Property crime can have a devastating impact. Here are some simple steps to take to help protect your home and property:
- Always lock your car, motorbike and other vehicles.
- When out and about, keep your belongings secure and close to you.
- Don’t provide places for burglars to hide on your property. Keep bushes and trees trimmed.
- Don’t answer the door for someone you don’t know or don’t want in your home.
- Keep valuables out of sight target.
- Secure your doors, windows, sheds and garages with good-quality locks.
- Help out your neighbours when they are going away.