Car theft numbers drop off

Last updated 12:00 16/01/2013

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Palmerston North police say recent arrests have helped reduce the number of cars being broken into throughout the city.

Before the Christmas holiday season, the number of thefts from cars had reached a 10-year high, topping more than 50 thefts a week.

But Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said numbers had dropped this year.

"Last week it was in the single digits."

He said arrests were "dripping through", which had helped take recidivist criminals off the streets.

Two alleged car thieves were arrested in the weekend when car owners found people in their vehicles.

One man, aged in his 50s, was caught on Sunday night, while another was found on Friday.

The man on Friday escaped from the car, but police dogs were used to track him down.

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- Manawatu Standard

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