A Whangarei family has been shattered by thieves who stole
Christmas presents and frozen meat during a day-time
Onerahi Community Constable Spence Penney said the alarm was
raised by the home owner who returned to find an empty
freezer basket in the hallway about 1.40pm on Wednesday.
A police dog and handler were called to the house in Sherwood
St but were unable to track the offenders.
The woman realised not only had meat been taken from the
freezer, but jewellery, a television and Christmas presents
were also stolen.
Mr Penney said it appeared the offenders had forced their way
into the house through a bathroom window.
The theft comes as Northland police warned neighbours should
keep their eyes peeled for strangers lurking with backpacks
Whangarei Sergeant Stephanie Hudson said people should invest
in good quality locks, get neighbours, family or friends to
clear mail, install security lights and lock away valuables
before going away on holiday.
Other suspicious behaviour to watch out for included
strangers coming to the door asking for someone that didn't
live there, she said.
"Take note of anyone walking around the street, especially
anyone with backpacks.
"Just anyone that doesn't look like they fit in on your
There were 206 burglaries reported in Northland in October,
down from 233 for the same time last year.
Western Bay of Plenty recorded 150 burglaries in October, and
Nationally, more than 57,000 burglaries were committed during
the past financial year of which fewer than 9000 were
resolved by police.
National prevention manager Superintendent Bruce Bird said
with many people about to head away on Christmas holiday, now
was the time to protect property.
Getting to know your neighbours better, installing a burglar
alarm and even placing a "Beware of the Dog" sign on your
property could also deter burglars.
Don't leave keys hidden in the garden either, as burglars
knew all the places to look.
Recording the serial numbers of expensive items on the police
community partnership website Operation SNAP also discouraged
criminals from taking your property and meant a better chance
of catching criminals if they handled or on-sold identifiable
- Kristin Edge and Brendan Manning, Northern