Police advise steps to prevent vehicle theft

Recent recovery of a stolen car. Police advice owners to take preventative action.
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Police are urging the public to take extra precautions to keep their vehicles safe after a recent increase in stolen vehicles being reported.

In the past three months there have been 60 reports of vehicles being stolen, says Wairarapa Area Prevention Manager Acting Senior Sergeant Gill Flower.

“We’re seeing a wide range of makes and models being stolen, with smaller cars such as Mazda Demio and Toyota Aqua over-represented. The vehicles are being used for joy-riding and sometimes to commit further offences and harm in our community.”

Police are committed to recovering stolen vehicles and apprehending those responsible, and so far 51 of the 60 stolen vehicles have been recovered by Police.

However Police are seeking the help of vehicle owners to deter opportunistic thieves.

“We encourage people to take the following preventative measures to help keep their vehicles safe:”

Ensure the vehicle is locked and parked off the road, out of sight, or in secure car parking where possible.

  • Consider a vehicle alarm or vehicle immobiliser.
  • Purchase a steering wheel lock.

“In addition, please ensure valuables and credit cards are removed from vehicles, particularly if cars are parked in the open.

“We urge the community to contact Police if they have any information about this ongoing offending.”

Anyone that sees suspicious activity around vehicles should call Police on 111 if it’s happening now, or 105 after the fact.