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Basic Security Guidelines

Basic Security Guidelines

Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 2:41pm


Waitemata Police are reminding the public to follow some basic security guidelines to help prevent their homes and cars from being broken into or stolen.

“We are putting a lot of work into reducing the number of burglaries and car thefts as well as thefts of items from cars, but we need help from the public,” says Waitakere Police, Area Prevention Manager: Inspector Cochrane “We encourage everyone to do what they can to avoid becoming a victim."

Taking a few simple steps to secure your valuables can ensure you don’t become a target.

• If you have an alarm, set it every time you leave your home or vehicle

• Make sure you lock all doors and windows when you leave the house

• If you're going away on holiday please let your neighbours know so they can keep an eye on your property

• Ensure your vehicle is always locked and windows are fully closed

• Do not leave items such as laptops, cameras, wallets, iPhones, iPods or satellite navigation systems in plain view. Either take these items with your or keep them well hidden in the boot

• Try to keep your car parked in a well lit and populated area and fit it with a steering lock or immobiliser if possible

Thieves are opportunistic and you can help prevent crime by ensuring there is nothing of value visible in your car. It’s simple – make it look like there is nothing in your car that is worth taking. Although these steps may seem straightforward, they are still vitally important.

We would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and call police in the first instance on 111 if they see any suspicious behaviour.

Anyone with information that wants to remain anonymous are encouraged to contact the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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