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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday December 1 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014 127100-v2NOWOPENQuayStRestaurant Vol 43, No 95 General 271 8000 Classified 271 8055 Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 Website www.times.co.nz Kelly Flavell Law Relationship Property Agreements Telephone (09) 535 2150 102703-v2 WE’VE GOT JUST THE THING EQUIPMENT HIRE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL & HOME HANDYMAN P: 273 6323 M: 027 516 1620 Unit 18/5 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki www.hireline.co.nz 125285-V2 AT WAIPUNA High Tea High Tea is available Monday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Bookings essential. Ph 09 526 3020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please note our High Tea is made especially to order. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. Classic High Tea $30 per person, $15 per person (3-12 years) Bubbly High Tea $35 per person 126173 Est. 1972 MULTI AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER By Chris harrowell COUNTIES Manukau East Police have established a burglary ac- tion team in an effort to make a dent in rising crime statistics. Its members are based at the area headquarters in Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, and tasked with solving such crimes as quickly as possible. “When we have a lot of informa- tion on an incident, such as security camera footage or a motor vehicle description, they will follow it up immediately,” says police area com- mander, inspector Wendy Spiller. “It’s about acting with urgency.” A rise in residential and commer- cial burglaries across South-East Auckland began last September. The area experienced an increase of more than 50 per cent in such crime in October compared to the same period in 2013. Hot spots include Pakuranga and Pakuranga Heights, with inci- dents recorded also in Farm Cove, Burswood, Highland Park, Botany and Dannemora. “We want people to report all sus- picious people and motor vehicles to police,” Ms Spiller told the Times. “If someone’s gut feeling questions why a vehicle or unknown person is in their neighbour’s driveway, they should not hesitate to phone 111. “If officers are deployed to more serious offending we may not get there straight away, but a concerned resident’s actions could help prevent a crime.” Ms Spiller encourages residents to note the registration number plate of vehicles that seem out of place and record descriptions and take photos of people acting suspiciously. “That could really help us,” she says. “Offend- ers are like people trying to catch fish, in that they trawl areas where they found fish in the past. “If a criminal knows they stole property from a particular place before they will return again and again.” Offenders use objects such as ladders or plastic recycling bins to gain entry to open windows. The main sort of property being stolen includes cash, alcohol, and small electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets. Three recent burglaries serve as examples of the type of criminal activity police are targeting. At about 4pm on Friday, November 14, a male entered a prop- erty in Glavan Avenue, Sunnyhills. He fled when confronted by the home’s occupants. The man is described as a tall Caucasian, aged 20-30, of medium build with dirty blonde hair and wearing a red jersey. A male Polynesian was disturbed while climbing through a kitchen window at a house in Neil Park Drive, East Tamaki, at about midday on Sunday, November 16. He’s believed to be aged in his early 30s, is of medium build and about 1.75 metres tall. The suspect left the scene in a sto- len silver-coloured Nissan Pulsar car with the registration number plate DZS729. On November 16, a man was con- fronted by the occupant of a home in William Roberts Road, Pakuranga, after climbing in through a rear kitchen window. The male offender left through a ranch slider, heading toward Reeves Road. He’s described as being about 1.82m tall, of skinny build, and was wearing dark clothing. Ms Spiller says it takes a criminal less than two minutes to get into a property, grab what they want and flee. “As the weather improves, people will be outside more and leave their windows open. “That creates opportunities for offenders casing suburbs and streets where they know there will be rich pickings. We need to make our area a hard target for criminals.” Cops take aim at thieves inspector wendy spiller Times photo FABUloUs sHowinG: The Howick community went on jubilant display yesterday as 58 groups proudly marched in the Howick Santa Parade and led in Santa Claus to herald the beginning of the Christmas season. More photos will be in Thursday’s Times and at www.times.co.nz. Photo supplied / Carmen Bird, www.carmenbirdphotography.co .nz happy birthday howick mayor morrin cooper, 80 years young tomorrow!
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