Nine reports of holiday burglaries

Invercargill police are seeking information following a spate of burglaries in the city during the holiday period.

Detective Tim Cook said several incidents of burglary and theft of vehicles and property were being investigated.

These included nine reports of burglaries in the Gladstone and Windsor areas between January 7 and January 12.

‘‘Police would like to speak to anyone who may have information about these incidents. In particular, we’d like to hear from anyone in Windsor and Gladstone who may have CCTV that could assist the investigations.’’

Initial inquiries indicated those involved had specifically targeted properties where the occupants were away on holiday, he said.

The public were encouraged to implement basic security measures to reduce the likelihood of theft or burglary.

‘‘These include making sure your home, including garages and garden sheds, and vehicles are always locked when not in use, and valuables are removed or out of sight.’’

Police 105; Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Deterring burglars

  • Consider investing in an alarm system, or getting sensor lights fitted.
  • Always lock your vehicles when you leave them and take your keys with you.
  • Any boats or vehicles on your property should be disabled so they can’t be moved or towed away.
  • Put away all tools and ladders — don’t leave them out and available for use.
  • Keep your trees and shrubs trimmed so they don’t offer hiding places for burglars.

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