The now traditional mid-winter spike in burglaries and thefts has hit Napier's Onekawa industrial area hard with Community Constable Mike Burne describing June as a "rough month".
It was also a bad month for residential Onekawa with 10 burglaries reported - which topped Napier's 10 suburbs.
In the industrial area seven burglaries were reported in the first month of winter after just one in May.
In one, on June 2, where a large number of tools were taken from one of several industrial units in Edmundson St, it appeared the offender had used a stolen 4x4 bike to get around on. The tools had the letters 'SC' inscribed on them, with the thief also making off with door panel skins and a fender from a rare model of a Ford Falcon car.
The thief abandoned the 4x4 nearby.
A few nights later car parts were targeted by thieves moving through the area. They went for a car parked in a yard off Austin St and cut fence wires to gain entry before making off with four five-spoke silver 15 inch mag alloy wheels.
On the night of June 12, thieves again had the cutting gear out and cut a chain and padlock to an enclosed yard off Niven St and made off with a single axle trailer.
Two nights later another industrial unit off Edmundson St was struck with intruders forcing a door before making off with copper pipes and a hot water cylinder.
The units were again visited just three nights later with a television set taken from one.
Mr Burne said that in the wake of price rises, diesel continued to be a targeted and valuable item for thieves.
So, too, were vehicle batteries.
"They have become desirable," Mr Burne said, adding that records over the past year showed batteries had featured "more often that not".
They were generally sold for scrap, for their lead content, but police had a good rapport with local merchants and he was confident they would not buy any questionable products.
Police and local merchants strongly recommended marking batteries with a soldering iron or something similar.
"So that in the event you may be targeted, appropriate questions can be asked of the seller if the battery is presented for sale."
Mr Burne said not a month went by without diesel thefts being reported.
"It's a constant battle," he said.
Locking fuel caps and keeping fuel levels low in unattended vehicles were two ways of preventing thefts.
Police nabbed several shoplifters working the area.
One man had tried to walk off with garden tools in his large gumboots while another was collared stealing work jackets from a business off Prebensen Drive by a customer who alerted staff.