Crime Line

Crime Line

3 October 2018

Welcome to the longer days of daylight saving and the start of the school holidays. We love this time of year!

There has been a steady increase in driving complaints this week and more to come with the increase of visitors. If you witness bad driving, call *555 and report it. If you have a passenger with you please video or take photographs of the driving. It is such a great tool to show the offending driver and there is never any denial then.

A large boat and trailer reported as stolen last week was recovered in the North Island and a local male was arrested. He has been charged with a number of offences including burglary.

At 1am on 15th September 2018 a male damaged a CCTV camera lens on the corner of Ardmore Street and Lakeside Road. Not the smartest move as, of course, he has been captured on the CCTV. If you have any information or would like to hand yourself in please contact the station.

Three drink drivers were processed this week, two of which nearly caused accidents. By all means have a drink and enjoy yourselves but take a taxi home instead of taking a risk and driving. We want everyone to be safe!

We had two vehicle crashes reported. One driver swerved to avoid hitting a rabbit and hit several trees before coming to a stop. We, of course, love our furry animals but let’s face it, sometimes it is them or us. Another driver took a corner too fast and drove through a fence into a paddock. Very lucky that there were no injuries.

Remember to lock your cars, as one person was reported rummaging through an insecure truck. Thankfully it appears they were disturbed and scarpered.

It is that time of year when the bicycles are being dusted off and start to appear on the roads. Be safe and be seen. Wear a helmet, fluorescent jacket and fit lights to your bikes.

Bicycles can be some of the easiest vehicles for thieves and vandals to target. Protect yourself from becoming a victim by following some simple steps:

Get a good bike lock.

Lock your bike to something secure, even if only for a few minutes and avoid isolated places.

Have your bike's frame security-marked or engraved.

Take a clear colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its description, including any unique features.

At home, keep your bike in a secure garage or shed and keep the door locked.

Have an enjoyable week and stay safe!