Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Campaign to curb theft from cars

12 October 2005

Campaign to curb theft from cars

A campaign is being launched to clamp down on theft from cars in Mt Eden - a suburb the Police say is hard-hit by the crime.

The Park Safe operation aims to reduce the opportunity for thieves to steal from cars by encouraging motorists not to leave valuables in their vehicles.

The Safer Auckland City initiative may also see the introduction of intensified surveillance to gather information that will lead to the prosecution of offenders.

Last year around 8,000 cars in Auckland were broken into and the Police have identified Mt Eden as a hot spot for this kind of crime.

Mt Eden Community Constable, Tammy Dunlop, says the Park Safe campaign is a major initiative in local crime prevention.

She says signs will be erected in carparks in Mt Eden warning motorists not to leave belongings on display in parked vehicles. In addition, flyers will be distributed to residents and businesses advising them of the best way to protect their vehicles from theft.

"Police will also be working with the parking warden in the area and writing to motorists who leave valuables on display to warn them of the risks of this behaviour," she says.

Project planner for Safer Auckland City, Jennifer Coquilhat, says a recent survey of nearly 300 vehicles parked in the Mt Eden area showed that 15 per cent had valuable items on display.

"Thieves are opportunistic. If they can see it, they'll steal it. Empty vehicles are less likely to be broken into, so don't leave valuables in your car.

"Having to deal with a smashed window as well as the loss of your belongings is stressful, time-consuming and expensive. It's worth taking the time to reduce your chances of being targeted," Ms Coquilhat says.

She says there are a number of key things motorists should remember: * always lock your vehicle * always take valuables, such as mobile phones, laptops and wallets, with you * never leave anything in the car that would reveal your identity * never leave your house keys in the car - thieves can track your address through your vehicle registration number. * never leave items, such as shopping or clothing, on display in a parked car * store items, such as bags or luggage, in the boot. Do this before you reach your parking destination, in case you are being watched when you leave your car.

Constable Dunlop says the Police are also urging people to report theft from vehicles.

"Many thefts from vehicles are not reported to Police, possibly because the stolen items are not insured.

"But we're encouraging people to report vehicle crime. We want victims of this crime to bring their cars into the Police station because they can be examined and the Police may be able to collect vital evidence.

"Details about the time and location of thefts can also give valuable information that may lead to the prosecution of offenders," she says. The Park Safe campaign will be launched at the Balmoral Police Station at 10.30am on Thursday 13 October.

The campaign will run in Mt Eden until June next year.

Safer Auckland City is a partnership between Auckland City, the Police, Ngati Whatua and the Crime Prevention Unit.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election