Thefts from cars halve in week

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 12:25 20/11/2012

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Extra vigilance at Palmerston North's thieving hotspots has halved the number of thefts from cars in the past week.

Thefts from parked cars were at a 10-year high recently, which prompted urgent action from police and affected businesses.

The Plaza has put on extra security staff and police have been doing extra patrols of the Lido Aquatic Centre, Harvey Norman's underground car park and car parks at Bledisloe Park and off Te Matai Rd.

Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said the extra vigilance had reduced the number of valuables stolen significantly - from the 50 recorded the week before, to just over 20 in the past week.

This is still above the usual average of 10 to 15.

While the immediate success pleases Mr Ward, he said with Christmas approaching police are now planning to remind parkers of the dangers of leaving valuables in sight.

Community patrols will be leaving reminders on at-risk cars this week.

''If they have an iPod or phone or something like that left in plain sight in their car they will get a notice on their car telling them to be more careful,'' Mr Ward said.

If your car is broken into, Palmerston North police ask that it is reported as soon as possible.
If you see anything suspicious, you can contact city police on (06) 351 3600, or provide information anonymously via crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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- Manawatu Standard

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