Rise in home thefts cause for concern

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 13:16 31/01/2013

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A rise in burglaries across the Central District is also causing issues in Marton, police say.

Marton Senior Constable Richard Gower said burglaries of small items had resurfaced after a rash of similar burglaries between May and August last year.

During that time, there were 26 burglaries, which he said was a lot for the town.

Three teens were arrested and charged with one of the burglaries, and police suspected culprits of a similar age were responsible for the latest incidents.

Over the weekend, jewellery and cash to a combined value of $2000 and a television were stolen in two separate incidents in the Pukepapa Rd and Skerman St areas. This was the same area that had seen trouble last year, he said.

Small items, particularly cash, small electronics, food and alcohol were among the most commonly taken items.

Feilding police have reported a similar increase in burglaries, particularly those where offenders are entering homes through open windows at night.

In Palmerston North, there has been a rise in a certain type of burglaries, rather than an overall increase. Those were day-time burglaries where thieves had been taking advantage of unsecured homes while their occupants were out the back or in the garden.

Most recently, Woodville police arrested three youths after they burgled a dairy and a house.

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