Drop in reported burglaries

By Alison King

There has been a noticeable drop in reported burglaries in Rotorua during the past two weeks.

Rotorua crime prevention manager Inspector Ed Van Den Broek said police relied on the public to help catch criminals and it was this action which had contributed to a reduction in the number of burglaries reported recently.

For the past two weeks, the burglary map supplied to The Daily Post by Neighbourhood Support has shown eight burglaries each week, less than half the amount reported in the lead up to Christmas.

"We're seeing a significant downward trend in burglaries," Mr Van Den Broek said.

"The last year has seen a decrease of 25 per cent on the previous year. A lot of this we can attribute to the hard work the police do, right through to the members of public keen to report suspicious activity to us by calling 111.

"The fact we're seeing some of our recidivist offenders arrested and dealt with, and in some cases incarcerated for long periods of time [has also helped]."

Police welcomed calls from the public to help them catch offenders. "If you see something but you're not sure if it's suspicious, chances are it is," he said.

"We really need people to phone us on 111 if they see anything suspicious." Meanwhile Rotorua Aquatic Centre operations manager Andy Smith said the fast response from security and police meant burglars breaking into the centre escaped empty-handed.

Mr Smith said a small window in the reception area was broken around 12.35am on Sunday but the alarm system was activated.

"There was no damage inside and nothing was taken," Mr Smith said. "The police and security were on site very quickly before they had an opportunity to do anything."

Mr Van Den Broek said dog handlers attended the scene and police were now awaiting forensic evidence results and reviewing CCTV footage.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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