Police have launched an operation to crack down on central city property crime - mainly thefts from cars - following a recent spike in offences.
Senior Sergeant Vaughn Graham said police would be "very visible" around known problem locations and will focus on "reducing offender opportunities".
Police wouldn't identify exactly where the crime hotspots were, other than saying they were in downtown Auckland, as it would tip-off offenders.
Graham said the public could play their part by making their vehicles less appealing targets.
"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," he said.
Police said motorists shouldn't leave valuables in full view and any holders or cables should be removed as "they are tell tale signs that devices may be hidden".
Alarms and steering locks would also deter thieves. Where people chose to park is also important "cheap doesn't always mean safe", Graham said.
Homes and office doors should be locked, windows shut and valuables kept in a safe place or locked away.
Apples devices, ipods, iPhones and laptops were "highly sought after" as they're valuable and very portable.
Graham also encouraged Aucklanders not to buy cheap goods which fuelled the stolen property market.
"If the item is cheap it often means it belongs to someone else," he said.
Police want people to report those selling stolen goods immediately.
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