Burglary warning as New Zealand moves into alert level 3

Burglary warning as New Zealand moves into alert level 3
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Police are warning New Zealanders to protect themselves from burglars as the country moves into alert level 3.

Relaxations on travel and work will see an increasing number of people leaving their homes - and providing tempting targets for criminals.

Inspector Leairne Dow says several simple measures can help keep your property safe.

"Doors and windows left open provide the perfect opportunity for thieves to snatch items without being detected," she says in a statement issued Monday.

"Even if you're at home make sure your phone, wallet, keys, cash and other valuables are secure and out of sight"

Insp Dow also urges motorists to make sure their vehicles are locked as more people travel to work.

"Park in well-lit areas and lock your vehicle when leaving it," she says.

It's also a time to keep security measures in mind while at work.

"Make sure the premises' is secure when you leave and alarms are activated," Inspt Dow advises.

"Simple measures like these can help ensure a secure transition into alert level 3."

Advice from the police to keep your home and vehicles safe:

  • Lock your doors and windows
  • Record the serial numbers of expensive electronic items
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Install an alarm system, get sensor lights fitted
  • Keep garden sheds and garages locked when not in use
  • Keep hedges or plants around doors and windows well-trimmed
  • Join or form a neighbourhood support group
  • Always taking keys with you when you leave your vehicle
  • Always locking your vehicle when you leave it
  • Closing all windows, including sunroofs
  • Parking in well-lit areas if possible
  • Don't leave valuables in your vehicle