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Two offenders, eighty charges

Two people are appearing in Christchurch District Court today, with 80 charges between them.

The offences alleged to have been committed by these two people were related to burglaries, thefts and fraud.

Many of these offences were opportunistic and could have been prevented by taking simple precautions.

“Police are committed to making a difference and have a number of initiatives underway to help prevent crime in our communities,” says Senior Constable Suzy Lewis of Christchurch Police.

“However we can’t do it alone – now is a great time to take some real care around security of property.”

Simple actions, such as locking your property or setting a burglar alarm, can help prevent crime in your neighbourhood and make the whole community safer.

“When we are a victim of a burglary we know that it is not only inconvenient at times but it leaves us feeling vulnerable and exposed.

Police can prevent a lot of this crime from happening but we know that we are much more effective when we have the public backing,” says Senior Constable Lewis.

“Don’t be complacent.

Take care of security issues today rather than waiting for tomorrow, and make sure you report any suspicious behaviour to Police immediately, no matter how trivial it is or how uncertain you may be.

“This includes behaviour that may not just be about burglaries or thefts – get in touch and let us decide.”

Tips for keeping your property and your neighbours’ property safe:

• Lock doors, sheds and garages, and secure windows with security stays.
• Always lock your car.

A car alarm or steering lock is an extra deterrent.

Don’t leave cash or valuables in your car.

If you have to make sure there are out of sight.
• Keep bushes and trees trimmed – don’t give burglars a place to hide.
• Find ways to connect and bring your neighbours together, such as street parties or pot lucks, and discuss issues affecting your community.

Connected communities are safe communities.
• A house that looks lived in is less likely to get burgled.

Help out your neighbours when they’re going away by bringing in their mail, mowing their lawn, or parking in their driveway.
• If you see something say something.

Report crime or suspicious behaviour to Police.


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