Daytime burglars take their chances

19:55, Aug 19 2014

Daytime burglars have been targeting Invercargill in the past two months and stealing electronics.

Detective Sergeant Stu Harvey, of Invercargill, said the offences had primarily occurred during the past two months.

"In many of these incidents, the occupants have only been away from their homes for a short time during the day. The offenders have seen the opportunity to enter these properties to steal items," he said.

At the weekend, there was a spate of offending in the Chelmsford St-Racecourse Rd area.

"In these incidents the offenders have targeted unsecured garages and vehicles at night, taking property - including cash - from vehicles. Any unwanted property has been discarded nearby," Harvey said.

Police were asking people to take extra care with their vehicles and possessions.

"We remind people to ensure that garages, houses and vehicles are secured when left unattended, even if it is for only a short time. If you're away from your house for any length of time, let your neighbours know so they can keep an eye on your property. In addition, when you leave your vehicle, make sure it is locked and that you don't leave valuable items in it," Harvey said.

Anyone with any information about these incidents should contact the Invercargill police station on (03) 2110400.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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