Wanaka police have increased patrols at Lake Hawea and are
planning a letter drop to residents after several reports of
a prowler and property being stolen in the town during the
past few weeks.
Last week, more than $4000 worth of property and cash was
taken from a house in Mary Lane by a burglar who had probably
gained entry through an unlocked door, Senior Sergeant Allan
In mid-August, several items were taken from a carport in
Capell Ave, and there had been at least two recent reports of
a prowler at properties in Noema Tce and Bodkin St.
''That's quite a bit of activity for the last two to three
weeks,'' Snr Sgt Grindell said.
''It's only four events but it's a lot for Lake Hawea.''
Police planned to carry out a letter drop in the town this
week with the intention of raising awareness of the incidents
and reminding residents about ''simple crime prevention'',
such as locking doors and keeping an eye out for suspicious
''High-visibility patrols'' by police officers were also
being carried out in the area.
''In Lake Hawea you can go for months without any issues at
all, so there's someone out there who's obviously a criminal
and picking on easy targets.''