Burglaries reminder to secure sheds, garages

Senior constable Karren Bye

This month, I’d like to focus on local crime and trends around the Mosgiel and Taieri area.

To start with though, apart from one arrest, a few twisted ankles and hangovers the next day, the Wingatui Cup Day held at the Wingatui racecourse went well and in general police were happy with the behaviour from those who attended.

Since October 1, a series of burglaries have been reported with some similarities, including sheds and garages having been entered. Chainsaws were stolen from two locations and a lawn mower from the backyard of another location. Surfboards were stolen from a vehicle in another burglary.

This is a timely reminder to secure your sheds and garages, even if they’re not visible from the street.

While there has been the odd complaint of residential car break-ins, two have been reported within less than two weeks of each other around the Outram Glen area. This is possibly part of a pattern with cars in recreational car parks being targeted across the wider Dunedin area. When leaving your car unattended, remember to take your valuables with you – don’t give thieves any opportunity to steal.

A word of warning for those buying and selling via Facebook. Police are receiving more complaints from buyers having transferred money for items purchased and then not receiving them and/or the seller disappears. Unlike other online platforms, there is no level of protection if the sale goes pear-shaped. While this may be fraudulent, often in cases they are hard to prove and it comes down to buyer beware. One option to prevent such fraud is to arrange for a cash payment with the seller when picking up the item.

With the school holidays fast approaching I can hear groans already from parents and caregivers. Please be cautious when allowing younger children to play around the skate board area of Memorial Park. It has been brought to police attention that cannabis has been being offered for purchase in the area.

Bunnings Warehouse in South Dunedin is running a crime prevention campaign in store up to Tuesday.

Police will be have a table in store providing prevention advice between 10am and 2pm tomorrow.

And just a reminder, the Mosgiel-Taieri annual food drive is also fast approaching and will run from 6pm on Monday, December 2.