Thieves target unlocked cars in Papamoa

Papamoa Police are asking people to make sure their cars are locked. File photo.

Papamoa Police are disappointed with the number of vehicles people in the area are leaving unlocked.

Officer in charge of Papamoa Police Sergeant Tristan Murray says people not taking this simple step has led to a spate of theft from vehicles in the area recently.

“At least 15 vehicles in the Papamoa East area, both on the road and in driveways of properties, were targeted over the weekend.”

All of them had been left unlocked.

“It doesn't matter where you are parked, your car can always be targeted by opportunistic thieves,” says Tristan.

“You have a lock on your car for a reason, so make sure you use it and prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime.”

Police will continue to focus on vehicle crime around areas where it is reported this is happening, so we encourage anyone who has had their car entered over the weekend to report this to Papamoa Police on 07 572 2440.

If you witness any suspicious behaviour occurring, please do not hesitate to call 111.



Posted on 02-11-2017 19:18 | By Capt_Kaveman

night patrols should be the norm and heaver penalties eg total reimbursement, hidden cameras and or people observance


Posted on 02-11-2017 16:07 | By GreertonBoy

Someone has a camera looking down their driveway at the car and has some footage of these mongrels? If not, why not? Cameras are so cheap these days, get a few and lets set these A-holes up? I am the same as you Shapes, I went to Omanu (Papamoa end) and left my car locked and came back to a broken window. These days technology like cameras is so cheap and available, why not use it against them?

Dirty thief

Posted on 02-11-2017 11:03 | By shapes

I've had my car broken into twice now. First time was left unlocked, second time smashed window. I'd rather leave open and not have my window smashed again but ofcourse Nz Police are dissapointed with vehicle owmers. Could focus on catching these young punks but of course they pass on the blame. We should live in a community where you don't have to lock your car!


Posted on 02-11-2017 09:45 | By Chris

Wow what an appalling response from the ineffective NZ Police. Admonishing victims of theft instead of getting out of their cars and doing their damn job. Don't blame the victims for NZ's rising crime rates, reallocate some of your officers away from traffic duty and start tackling real crime. (edited)

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