Audacious burglars furrow farmers' brows

"They come and go so quick it's pretty hard to catch them," was how one Rissington farmer put it.

In the seven years he has farmed his property he had been struck three times - losing chainsaws, fuel and shearing equipment.

"The thing is, when you're out working you can't see everyone coming and going ... and some of the driveways are long and the neighbours aren't exactly close enough to look over the fence to see what's going on."

He said vigilance among the rural community was high, and they had communications networks which had led to "the odd catch over the years" but their vigilance was matched by the burglars' "cheek".

It was swings and roundabouts when it came to security, the farmer said.

Many would lock the sheds at the end of the day but the rest of the time they were left unlocked.

"Because, as a farmer, you're on the go most of the day. You come and go every few hours so tend not to lock it and unlock it as you go."

That was how he was caught out - an unlocked shed. It's locked now, though.

He said he had built up a good rapport with rural officer Senior Constable Pete Gimblett and on one occasion they, and a rural worker who became suspicious about a car which kept turning up at various addresses he was going to, managed to collar two thieves.

"It was a good result - you get them from time to time."

He agreed that the main focus among rural communities had to be communication with each other and the police.

Report everything - "straight away".

- Hawkes Bay Today

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