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Police target problem crime locations - Operation Hotspot

Police target problem crime locations - Operation Hotspot

Auckland City Police have kicked off Operation Hotspot in an effort to intervene in a recent rise in property crime, a lot of which relates to vehicles, in the Central City Area.

“Police will be very visible around known problem locations and will be focused on reducing offender opportunities,” said Senior Sergeant Vaughn Graham.

“It's timely to remind motorists and members of the public that thieves are always on the prowl for soft or easy targets. By applying some basic safety precautions people can reduce offending opportunities and ensure they don't become victims of crime."

• Valuables should not be left in view in parked vehicles. Remember to take it or stash it. This includes removing the cables and device holders that are tell tale signs that devices may be hidden in your car.

• Use theft prevention devices including car alarms and vehicle steering locks. They may be the difference between your car being targeted or ignored.

• Be picky about where you park your car - cheap does not necessarily mean safe. Talk with your car park manager or operator and ask what measures they have for deterring thieves.

• In the home or office, lock and secure doors and windows. Keep valuables in a safe place locked away.

• iPods, iPhones and laptops are highly sought after by criminals as they're valuable, comparatively small and portable.

• Many thieves are opportunists and can offend, in part, because some people are willing to buy the above items. If the item is cheap it often means it belongs to someone else. Report people who are selling suspected stolen property immediately to Police on 111 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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