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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Matt Wasson, Wairarapa Tactical Crime Unit:

Wairarapa Police are reminding the community to keep their vehicles and belongings secure following recent thefts.

Police have noticed an increase in vehicle-related offending in the area, with a number of recent reports of vehicles being broken into or stolen.

These thefts have happened often when a vehicle has been parked outside the owner’s house or in their driveway, and have largely occurred at night.

Thanks to calls and information from the public, Wairarapa Police have apprehended several youths in relation to this offending. They are being dealt with through the Youth Court and by Youth Aid.

Please ensure you secure your vehicles, park in well-lit areas if on the street, or park down driveways where they are less visible from the roadside.

Always remove your valuables from your vehicles and consider vehicle alarms. Vehicles left with valuable items in plain sight create opportunities for offenders on the lookout for easy targets.

Wairarapa Police take this sort of offending seriously, and we welcome help and information from the community that can assist us prevent further thefts.

If you see any suspicious activity, such as people loitering around vehicles or looking into car windows, please contact Police immediately by phoning 111.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre 

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