Town hit by spate of burglaries

Whangarei residents are being urged to be vigilant with home security after 21 homes were burgled in the Northland city since beginning of the month.

Police said residents in the Kensington, Mairtown, Otangarei and Tikipunga areas especially needed to ensure their doors and windows are closed and secure, even if they were at home.

"Most burglars are opportunists, so if they see an easy opportunity to steal anything, they will," said Sergeant John Larkin of the Otangarei Neighbourhood Prevention Team.

He said most of the items stolen were portable, such as TVs, laptops and cellphones.

He also urged residents to keep an eye on neighbouring properties.

"If people notice any suspicious activity or vehicles in their area, then they should contact police," Larkin said.

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