A surge in burglaries in a usually quiet neighbourhood has police asking residents to be vigilant.
Community policing manager Senior Sergeant Mark Fergus says over the past couple of months the Pinehill area has been experiencing on average one or two burglaries per week.
They usually take place at night.
Mr Fergus says police believe the same offender or group of offenders is responsible for the majority of these burglaries.
Police have increased their patrols and visibility in the area. Mr Fergus says residents can assist by reporting any suspicious activity.
Police recently carried out a letter drop to more than 400 homes asking residents who see anything suspicious to report it to them.
"The solution is residents knowing their neighbours, talking about this issue and keeping an eye out for each other," he says.
"It's about looking out for suspicious or strange people in the area and the comfort of knowing that if they can't call the police, their neighbour will."
Mr Fergus says he realises the awareness campaign may cause some residents to have an increased fear that they might be victims of these burglars but he wants to reassure them that the opposite is true.
"As Pinehill residents are now talking to each other, discussing ways to be safer and watching out for each other, any stranger thinking about entering this area to commit crime would be well advised to reconsider," he says.
Residents are also being encouraged to join or to form a Neighbourhood Support group.
Visit neighbourhood.org. nz, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4775320 for information, or Crimestoppers on 0800555111 to report suspicious activity.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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