Burglary hotspot gets makeover

JAMES IRELAND
Last updated 05:00 15/11/2012
Hendo Valley
JAMES IRELAND
SAFE HOUSES: Jess Wright from Yale, left, oversees the security makeover being done on Jenny Martin’s Henderson Valley Rd house.

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Five houses on Henderson Valley Rd have had a security makeover following revelations they are on the most burgled street in the most burgled suburb in the country.

The giveaway was part of a competition that would provide locks for the doors and windows as well as fire-proof safes valued at a total of $18,000 donated by Yale, a company that produces security equipment, Armstrong Locksmiths and Exceed Maintenance.

ASSA ABLOY general manager Ken Dick, whose firm distributes Yale products, says it was a great opportunity to make a long-term difference in the community.

"It's really easy for a company to throw money at a problem like this and get short-term results," he says.

"By providing security improvements to the houses we know we are going to see long-term benefits to the community. We are also offering all residents 50 per cent off Yale product at the Mitre 10 Mega on Lincoln Rd.

"I think there is more of an awareness of security nowadays. As people are renovating and upgrading their houses they are increasing their security measures," he says.

Jenny Martin is one of the residents to receive the package and she says it will make her feel much better about the safety of her family after coming across a "dodgy looking man casing my house".

"I went to pick up my daughter from school and looked out the front window of my house and saw a guy pacing around on the footpath opposite my house," she says.

"I got in my car and took off down the road. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw him dash across the road and up our driveway.

"I turned around and he saw me and ran back across the road.

"The police came straight away and caught him on a neighbour's property. If I had not seen him he might have cleaned this place out," she says.

Ms Martin had no idea the street was the most burgled in the country because she had not been burgled before.

"I thought this was a quiet street a little way out of town but evidently not.

"The day after I had the near miss burglary I saw the flyer for the Yale competition in my letterbox and entered it. We were the only house to win the prize that hadn't been burgled and hopefully now it will stay that way," Ms Martin says.

Waitakere Police district commander Steve Kehoe says there aren't specific updated statistics for Henderson Valley Rd but burglaries in the district have dropped.

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