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Unsecured property targeted in Porirua and Kapiti

"Unsecured property targeted in Porirua and Kapiti"

Police continue to receive high numbers of reported burglaries and thefts from insecure vehicles and homes in the Porirua and Kapiti area.

In the past month, unlocked vehicles parked in driveways of homes and unlocked garages and sheds have been repeatedly targeted.

Police appeal to Kapiti Coast and Porirua residents to ensure vehicles, homes and garages are secured to prevent them becoming the next victim of these intrusive crimes.

“We need our community to step up and take basic measures to reduce the likelihood of them becoming our next victims. Don’t assume that because you maybe at home, that someone won’t take the opportunity to steal from your unlocked vehicle or garage, or take that bike lying on your front lawn," said Detective Sergeant Rebecca Cotton, of the Kapiti Mana Tactical Crime Unit.

Basic security measures that reduce the likelihood of theft or burglary include ensuring that homes (including garages) and vehicles in driveways are left locked when not in use, regardless of whether occupants are on the property at the time or not.

When occupants are not on the property, ensuring all windows are closed and secured is essential.

“It sounds simple, but the message just isn’t getting through. Police are working hard to reduce victimisation as part of the Prevention First strategy, but at the end of the day, we need the community to assist us and take some responsibility for reducing their own risk,” said Detective Sergeant Cotton.

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Kapiti Mana Police are committed to dedicating staff and technology to the prevention and investigation of burglaries and dishonesty offending. “We recognise the impact that crime has on victims, and will continue to prioritise our proactive tactics as appropriate. However it is disappointing for staff and victims when Police need to attend these very preventable crimes”, said Detective Sergeant Cotton.

If anyone sees anything suspicious in their neighbourhood that could be linked to any crimes they could either call their local station or information could be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.


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