Warning on thefts from cars

Nelson police are dealing with a big rise in thefts from vehicles and are urging people to lock their cars.

Acting Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Ross Lienert said Nelson police had dealt with 95 cases of car theft this year, about double what it would normally expect.

"One of the most disturbing trends is the number of insecure vehicles that are being targeted," Mr Lienert said. "It is a problem that we have been trying to deal with in Nelson for many years. Nelson residents seem to think it is safe to leave valuable items in unlocked vehicles, or within sight from outside vehicles. This is unfortunately not the case."

Mr Lienert said the offences were occurring overnight but were not confined to a particular area.

They were largely happening in the Nelson-Wakatu area.

He said a large number of offences would be reported in one area one night and a completely different part of town on the next night.

Offenders have been targeting wallets, cash and small electronic items.

The public needed to ensure valuable items were removed from vehicles and that vehicles were locked while not in use.

Mr Lienert said police were working on identifying offenders but needed the public's help.

"Police staff often get told ‘I didn't want to bother you because I know you are busy'.

"If you see or hear something that does not look right make the call straight away on 111."

Anyone with information could call the Nelson police station or give information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Nelson Mail