Thieves target cars parked near airport
Christchurch police are urging holidaymakers to park in secure locations near Christchurch Airport after 11 cars were stolen from streets in the area.
The Toyota storage yard on Logistics Dr has had four vehicles stolen since the thefts began this month, as many of the victims parked their cars on public roads surrounding the airport while leaving the city for an extended period. One person had been away for a month.
Sergeant Brian Kench, who is based at the airport, urged people to take precautions such as locking their vehicles, removing valuables from sight and consider other options before parking in non-secured areas.
He said Nissan and Toyota vehicles accounted for nine of the 11 vehicles stolen.
Kench said the thefts had prompted a heavier police presence in the area, which resulted in an arrest last week for three thefts from cars.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.