Police target truants over burglaries

JAY BOREHAM
Last updated 12:16 09/05/2012

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Truants are being blamed for a spike in burglaries in Papakura.

Police ran Operation Reclaim in the Papakura town centre over the April school holidays to combat juvenile offending and property crime, but over the past few weeks property theft in the surrounding areas has been on the rise.

In the three weeks since the school holidays, Papakura police have run a truancy operation aimed at keeping kids in school.

"But juveniles are still causing us an issue, certainly around Papakura East, around daytime burglaries,'' Inspector Jason Malcolm says.

Police are working with schools and the Education Ministry to try to keep truants in class but are also asking the public to keep an eye out for children roaming the streets during school hours.

"While they are out and about they get coaxed and peer pressured into doing burglaries.

"If people see kids of school age appearance they should be ringing us.''

Officers will then return them to school.

Police also want residents to better safeguard themselves by taking note of serial numbers on property and make sure doors are locked and windows are closed.

"Also keep an eye out for your neighbours and the people across the road,'' Malcolm says.

Police urge anyone with information about stolen property to contact them.

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