Huge spike in number of burglaries
Hamilton police admit they were overwhelmed by a massive spike in burglaries across the city during the weekend.
Sixty-five homes were targeted between 6am Friday and 6am yesterday.
Forty-seven occurred at the weekend – until 6am Monday – a figure more than double their usual rate of burglaries, which is about 20, Hamilton city police area commander Inspector Rob Lindsay says.
But he confirmed yesterday there were 47 victims during that period, plus another 22 overnight Monday.
And it was that spike, which he said could be the work of people working in groups, that was the cause of a delay for at least one Hamilton couple.
Anne-Marie Good said her Arundel Place, Rotokauri, parents were one of two residents burgled on Sunday night.
Ms Good, speaking on behalf of her frustrated parents, said they felt let down by the lacklustre response by police after repeatedly being told staff would visit – with police yet to front at their door as of last night.
Ms Good said her mother was visiting her dad in Waikato Hospital when burglars jimmied a closed window and stole "anything worth selling" including a laptop, iPod, jewellery and their car, a black Nissan Skyline.
Ms Good said her neighbours had valuable security camera footage which showed the thieves at their address about 8pm. It was this footage that she thought police would find invaluable in finding the people responsible for hopefully not only her parents burglary, but possibly others.
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