A Dobson St, Timaru, resident who had $30,000 worth of heirloom jewellery stolen six weeks ago is urging people in the area to protect their homes and look out for their neighbours.
The caller, who wished to remain anonymous when she contacted the Herald yesterday, said there had been four reported burglaries on Dobson St this year, and more incidents in the surrounding streets.
On Thursday a Temple Cr resident arrived home at noon to find a stranger in her living room. Police said the man fled to Murchison Dr but the resident did not get a description and nothing was reported stolen.
"I would like to know if it's the same burglar and if they're working on their own. It certainly makes you feel very uneasy. It's quite scary."
Sergeant Dave Hinde said he was aware of burglaries in the inner Gleniti area.
"Over certain periods that area has been targeted, but we need to keep an open mind as to whether it is the same offender going back.
"Some people need to up their security. The number of times people leave keys in the ignition of cars - it's a window of opportunity."
"It's important for neighbours to look out for each other, and if they see something suspicious, ring the police immediately. Don't wait until the next morning," he said.
The resident has given up hope of having her mother's jewellery returned, but is installing a burglar alarm and purchasing a safe.
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