BURGLARY RATE GOING THROUGH THE ROOF:
- During the end of March and first week of April there were at least 5 reported burglaries in Greenhithe. The houses were on Rame Rd (2 in one afternoon), 2 in Roland Rd (not on the same day), 1 in Greenhithe Rd. In all cases jewellery, laptops and cash were the main items taken. Entry was gained through the master bedroom in most cases, with windows/doors jemmied or even broken. It appears that many new houses do not have alarm sensors in the bedrooms, yet here is where most people are still keeping their jewellery and other valuables. Greenhithe is a wealthy area and by now the burglars probably have a taste for the area as their "loot" has been very worthwhile in most cases. So: PLEASE do not keep your jewellery in the bedroom (or cash) as yes, this is still the first area burglars go to. Go and get a safe (at a bank) if you don't use the jewellery or put it somewhere else where it is not going to be found within 5 minutes.
- GEMLAB on Constellation Drive does valuations.. At least get it valued and photographed as at least Police can check with Goldbuyers and second hand shops whether your jewellery might have been bought up by them.
- Get another sensor in your bedroom if you have not got one there, it will work as a deterrent.
- Go to SNAP.ORG.NZ and register your serial numbers. Too few people register them and during search warrants we come across many stolen goods but end up having to give them back to the crims as we can't prove they have been stolen. On SNAP at least if your PC gets stolen or breaks down, you can always access the website to retrieve the information.
- Back up photos, work etc on discs/memory sticks as in most burglaries mentioned above, the victims have lost photos, uni-work or other work of value.
POSSIBLE SUSPECTS IN ONE OF THE BURGLARIES: At one house a black Audi was sighted, 2004-2007 model, male Maori, around 40 years old was in the drivers seat. He was with a European female, very thin, quite tall, black (prob dyed) hair shoulderlength, they even signed for a package which was being delivered to the address. If anyone has seen anything please let Police know. It does not mean that they will still be using this vehicle but it is a possibility.
KEYS FOUND: keys have been spotted on the Tauhinu Rd overbridge. It has a tag with RACHEL on it. Give me a ring if they are yours?
CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111
Speak up, it's anonymous, tell us what you know, not who you are and help make our community safer!!
TIPS: go to the website of the neighbourhood watch. There are many good/handy tips on it.
WATCH YOUR SURROUNDINGS and do not hesitate to call 4775000 if you see something suspicious but feel you don't want to phone 111 or ofcourse phone 111.
Enjoy your holidays and stay safe
- Community Constable