Gold FM Police File
Community Constable Harley North updated the Police File this week. Listen in to our podcast to hear the full details and the good advice Harley shared about protecting yourself against dishonesty offenders.
Here's a summary:
Tuesday 30 October
A Rifle Range Road residential property was burgled. Approximately 50 x plants were stolen. They had been newly planted to form a hedge.
A Thorn Street address suffered a similar burglary where 8 x palm trees were stolen from their yard. There is a strong likelihood that the burglaries are related. The stolen plants are unique and someone in the community will have information, please come forward to police.
Thursday 1 November
A 54 year old Waihi male was arrested on a fines warrant after he presented himself at Waihi Police Station following police enquiries to locate him.
A 28 year old Waihi male was arrested at a Gilmour Street address for historic thefts against local businesses including New World, SPCA and Wot u Want. He will be appearing in Court soon.
Friday 2 November
Police attended another burglary at a different Rifle Range Road property where fishing gear, garden tools and a wood chipper were stolen. The chipper weighed about 250kgs, so more than one offender would have been required to move it. The brand is ‘Tiger’ and it is yellow in colour. Someone in the community will have information about this case; please contact police or Crimestoppers.
Saturday 3 November
A stolen silver BMW vehicle was recovered at Waitete Road. It had been taken from Auckland. Police are investigating.
A 47 year old Waihi male was arrested at a Waihi Whangamata Road address on a warrant to arrest for failing to appear at Court last week in relation to a receiving stolen property charge. He was held in custody at Hamilton for Court on Monday.
Sunday 4 November
A 21 year old Waihi male was arrested for serious assault at a Kensington Road property. He was held in custody at Hamilton for Court on Monday.
Police attended a burglary at the commercial premises of Waihi Vets on Kenny Street. Cash, beverages and a laptop computer were stolen. Police are investigating and are awaiting forensic results.
Monday 5 November
A 35 year old Waihi male was arrested for threatening behaviour after a family harm incident at a Wrigley Street address. He was held in custody at Hamilton for Court on Monday.
Another burglary overnight at a Bulltown Road address. A nail gun, drop saw, chainsaw and generator were stolen. Again, someone in the community will have information, please contact police or Crimestoppers.
The commercial premises of Beds R Us at Seddon Street was burgled. Bed sheets were stolen. Police are seeking information from the community.
A suspicious person was observed lurking around a residential property with a torch at George Street overnight. When disturbed they fled. Police are investigating.
Police Crime Prevention Advice for the week:
Burglary and theft continues to be a problem in Waihi. As previously advised most dishonesty offenders are opportunistic and will look for easy targets. Some of the properties that were victimised this last week were unsecured. Do not be complacent, lock up your sheds, windows and doors always. Another way you can target harden your property is by considering Crime Prevention Through in Environmental Design (CPTED). Examples of CPTED include cutting back trees and shrubs and de-cluttering your property so it’s open and clear of concealment. It allows neighbours to keep an eye over your property when you’re absent. Have a re-think about building that 6ft high fence around your property. Although privacy is desirable, it also allows criminals to operate covertly behind it while they’re helping themselves to your assets. A lower fence offers privacy and security and allows others to monitor dodgy characters lurking around searching for opportunities.
Waihi Police are interested in any information relating to crime. For non-urgent matters or enquiries contact Police 24/7 on 0800 780 101 (ask for the Crime Reporting Line) or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111; or visit the Waihi Police Station during public counter open hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3pm. For urgent matters call 111 and ask for police.