Previous mall break-ins
A building in central Christchurch where hundreds of private documents were stored had been broken into on two previous occasions, says the Christchurch City Council.
The council yesterday said that it knew for months about security breaches at Re:Start mall that led to private documents flying around the city.
Hundreds of notices containing residents' personal information were discovered around the mall last week with the council blaming a "criminal act" for the breach.
It claimed the building was secure before last Thursday but acknowledged that the Lichfield St car park building had been found insecure on two previous occasions - in October 2013 and in March this year. It blamed vandals for the offence.
"We responded upon notification and resecured the building," council facilities and infrastructure director David Adamson said. "We are working to ensure a similar incident will not occur in the future."