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Always lock your cars
By PAUL J MILLER
Crime Prevention Adviser
As the grass grows so does demand
for lawnmowers and not everyone will
go to the bother of buying one.
Have a look at snap.org.nz -- it's a free
secure database for you to keep a
record of your valuables.
Cars parked up overnight in Napier get
broken into at a rate of between 30 and
60 a month -- that's just the reported
For many the repairing of a broken
window or lock is the greatest incon-
venience and cost from the whole experi-
ence, but for many the losses are more
Not leaving an attractive item on show
in the car is a given, but leaving an iPod,
phone, laptop, GPS or wallet (complete
with cash and cards) hidden'' in the car
is still a risk best avoided.
The likely lads who break into cars
know your habits and they won't be put
off just because they can't see anything of
They will break in on spec and search
under the seat, in the glove box or boot
and be successful often enough to be
encouraged to keep on offending.
Portable, valuable belongings need to
be removed from the car while it is
parked -- end of story.
Crime feeds off opportunity and with a
good summer promised we need to give
some thought to sensible practises that
will minimise risks to our homes.
Each summer we record incidents of
houses being burgled through front or
back doors being left open while the
occupants are enjoying the garden at the
other end of the house - that open door
presents an opportunity that a passing
thief can find hard to resist.
I dare say that if you were leaving the
house to do a supermarket shop you
would close and lock the doors -- being out
in the garden and leaving an open door at
the other end of the house is not a lot
Screen doors are an effective means of
allowing fresh air through while offering
a reasonable level of security, as long as
the door is locked and doesn't allow a
hand to reach through to release the lock.
Leaving windows open while you are
away from the house adds to the risk and
even on hot days they should be closed.
If you are unsure whether this is
warranted, ask yourself -- which would be
your preference on arriving home, stale
air or a foreign hair?
World Cup games peaceful events
By BRUCE MILLER
Ahuriri Senior Constable
Napier's Rugby World Cup games have
come and gone and I can report that there
were next to no reports of thefts from the
large amount of tourists who flocked to the
Napier area over the last few weeks.
Special mention must go to our large
number of Community Patrollers who were
mobilised throughout the events to patrol
likely hotspots in their now recognisable
The Ahuriri bar district was filled to
capacity and bar owners report that the
crowds were jovial, drank responsibly and
had a good time, with no major problems
encountered, which is great to hear.
On the crime front locally, the Eastern
District statistics are out and show
reductions in reported crime in most areas.
Still of concern, though, are family vio-
lence and burglaries, which remain slightly
higher than we would have liked.
These areas will remain a focus
One thing of note is that we have the
highest number of reports of suspicious
activity throughout the country, which
means the general public is remaining vigi-
lant and calling in behaviour they think is
not quite right, which also is great to see.
So keep those calls coming in, you never
know what crime you might prevent.
Have a great week.
Jail for burglary charges
A convicted double rapist who has spent
11 of his 26 years in prison has been
spared preventive detention.
Maka Renata appeared in the High
Court at Napier recently to be sentenced
for a robbery conviction that had been
referred from the district court in March
so preventive detention could be con-
Justice Peter Woodhouse sentenced
Renata to 20 months jail for the robbery
of a man in Napier on Christmas Eve last
year. Renata pleaded guilty and has been
in custody since his arrest.
Justice Woodhouse said Renata was
first convicted in June 1999, one month
after his 14th birthday, when he and his
foster father, Dean Hiroki, raped a
26-year-old in an alley off Cuba St, Wel-
He was jailed for 71G2 years and was
sentenced to an extra three years for
sodomising his 15-year-old cellmate 16
Renata was freed from jail in Novem-
ber 2009, but was returned because of
multiple breaches of supervision orders.
The judge sentenced Renata to 20
months, and said that preventive deten-
tion was not suitable.
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