Lock up or lose it warning

Unlocked homes are an easy target for burglars, a Temuka police officer warns.

Some South Canterbury residents have learned that the hard way, including people who were targeted in the Milford Huts area earlier this week.

Two residents reported thefts overnight on Monday, with the burglaries occurring some time between 1am and 2am, Temuka Constable Richard Pattie said.

"It [wasn't] too hard [to enter the homes] as there's still some people in the community that are going to bed at night and leaving doors unlocked."

He said unlocked homes in the Pleasant Point area had also been targeted over recent months.

"Most of those were insecure by mistake, or insecure because of people wanting to leave windows open for animals."

It is understood one person is responsible for the Milford Huts break-ins, Mr Pattie said.

"That person was seen by at least three people [that] I'm aware of during that time period of one to two o'clock in the morning."

He said anyone else who knows anything or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Milford Huts area can contact Temuka police on 03 615 0060.

The Timaru Herald