Burglaries on the rise in central city, police warn

Photo: File
Photo: File
A rise in burglaries in central Christchurch has prompted police to warn businesses to boost security and watch out for suspicious behaviour.

Police are urging central city food and retail businesses to take extra security measures, such as removing all cash from the premises, after the increase in burglaries at cafes and convenience stores. 

"People need to ensure their buildings are secure and valuable property is not left out when they shut down at the end of their working day," a police spokesperson said.

"Staff should check that alarms and CCTV systems are functioning well and check cameras are being cleaned and set correctly.

"Make sure you look out for your neighbours and report any suspicious vehicles or people to police, noting down things like number plates and descriptions of people if you can.

"Police will continue to work hard to prevent, respond, investigate and resolve burglaries but we cannot do it alone."

Anyone in the central city should take precautions regarding property and vehicles and make sure they are secure, the spokesperson said.

"While police patrols offer community reassurance and crime prevention, we still need members of our community to let us know what's going on."

  • If you see a crime being committed, phone 111 immediately. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111.






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