Police work together to fight burglars

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 28/07/2014

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Police officers across the North Island have been working together to catch "transient offenders" responsible for a spike in burglaries.

Taranaki is among several regions that have been plagued with burglaries in the past two months, prompting increased co-operation within the force.

While communication between districts was nothing new, Sergeant Bruce Irvine said it had seen offenders wanted for Taranaki crimes locked up elsewhere.

"It's not just the central districts that we are working with, but across the whole country," he said.

"One of our burglars was locked up in Tauranga the other day."

Taranaki police got wind the offender was at an east coast address and Bay of Plenty officers went round and he was locked up, Irvine said.

Last week two men and a woman were arrested in Foxton after being caught in a ute stolen from an Kapuni property a few days earlier, he added.

The trio were among five people that have been arrested and charged in relation to burglaries throughout the central North Island.

Stratford CIB Detective Heath Karlson said it was becoming more common for offenders to travel out of town and district to commit crimes and return to dispose of the property.

"Unfortunately, the offenders for these crimes lack the moral compass which grounds most of society and they will continue to offend and commit burglaries, ignoring the effects on their victims."

Last month the Taranaki Daily News reported a surge in burglaries throughout the region.

Numbers have also increased in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Horowhenua in recent weeks.

While Taranaki offenders were getting locked up elsewhere the reciprocal had also happened here, Irvine said.

An offender arrested in relation to last month's spike was from the Hawke's Bay, he said.

"He snuck in under the radar. That's how it works - you will get a spike when offenders become active, then there will be nothing."

Irvine said three burglaries were reported to police overnight Thursday, one each in New Plymouth, Inglewood and Hawera.

Last month Senior Sergeant Thomas McIntyre warned the public to stop making it easy for burglars.

"Generally thieves are lazy. They are looking for an easy win. You don't want to make it easy for them," he said.

Locking your home, leaving a light on or setting a timer at night were good ways to deter burglars, McIntyre said.

Recording the serial numbers of appliances, storing valuables out of sight and getting to know your neighbours were also key strategies, he said.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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