Sgt Yvette McKelvie, Kapiti Mana Police, is warning car owners to keep tabs on their cars.
She says: @Certain vehicles appear to be more attractive to thieves than others and there is something you as owners can do about this, especially owners of Mazda Demio vehicles and Subaru cars.’
‘While police do patrol regularly, we encourage owners to keep vehicles safe, by taking some very basic precautionary measures. “There are ways to do this, without it costing too much. Whether the cars are being targeted for people to steal items from them, or worse steal the entire car, here are some ideas for making sure this is less likely to happen.’
Motorists using non-monitored car parks or even simply parking outside their houses on dark streets are urged to take valuables with them when leaving their vehicles. It’s vitally important to make sure technology is not left attached to windscreens.
Leaving these valuables in plain sight presents opportunities for thieves.
Sergeant McKelvie, who is Community Engagement Supervisor for Kapiti Mana Police says:
‘They are breaking windows, taking items in view and quickly leaving the scene.
‘At least lock your vehicle – and to make it even safer, you could get a steering lock, car alarm, or vehicle immobiliser installed.
‘Not only are offenders stealing items from the cars, sometimes they are breaking in to steal your whole car. Offenders will often target a number of cars in close proximity which causes a spike in car crime in those areas.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information to assist police in relation to car thefts.
Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Kapiti Police Station on (04) 296 6800 or the Porirua Police Station on (04) 238 1400 during business hours.
But if you see something you think is suspicious or out of the ordinary and you can see it happening at any time – dial 111 and we will get staff there as soon possible.
Information can be provided anonymously to the organisation CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.