WELLINGTON Crime Investigation Unit is investigating a number of residential burglaries that have occurred over the past few weeks in Sale and surrounding areas.
Police are concerned that in a number of these reported cases, there were no signs of forced entry. That is, the burglar entered through an open or unlocked window or door.
Common property stolen has included jewellery, cash, electronic equipment and firearms.
Inspector Tracie McDonald said police were working hard to target this crime through proactive burglary teams, but need the help of the wider community.
“It may sound obvious, but there are a number of simple steps that can be taken to help stop these crimes from occurring,” she said.
“In addition, owners of firearms are urged to ensure compliance with the legislative requirements around the safe storage of firearms.”
Residents have been reminded to:
• Install good quality locks on doors and windows.
• Lock all windows and doors, even when you’re at home – unlocked side and rear doors are the most common entry points for burglars.
• Make your house look occupied at all times e.g. ask a neighbour to bring in your mail and bins if you’re away for a while.
• Report suspicious behaviour to police by phoning 000.
Police are seeking anyone with information concerning these burglaries or the stolen property to phone them on 5143 5030 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.