The situation was no joke for the 10 officers who went
door-to-door across a large tract of St Kilda and South
Dunedin yesterday to deliver crime prevention messages.
Crime statistics showed there was often an increase in
burglaries and thefts from cars in the area in August, and
police were out to reverse the trend, community relations
co-ordinator Sergeant Steve Aitken, of Dunedin, said.
''We want to get the word out ... it is about people keeping
themselves safe and their property safe.''
Residents were urged to keep an eye on their neighbours, lock
cars and homes, leave no valuables in plain sight, and ''if
you see anything suspicious; ring 111''.
Sgt Aitken stressed by removing valuables out of vehicles,
anything from a handful of coins to navigation systems,
residents would make it that much harder for thieves.
''Just don't make it easy for thieves,'' he advised.
Yesterday officers covered streets off Prince Albert Rd
towards St Clair, and ''people were glad to see us out and
about and were thankful for getting advice on how to keep