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Canterbury residents urged to keep security front of mind

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police are encouraging people to be mindful of security as the summer months approach.Canterbury residents urged to keep security front of mind this summer

Canterbury Police are encouraging people to be mindful of security as the summer months approach.

“Police continue to work hard to prevent, respond, investigate and resolve burglaries but we can’t do it alone,” Christchurch Metro Area Prevention Manager Inspector Leairne Dow says.

“The weather is getting warmer and more people are out and about so now is a good time to think about security.

“With a few simple actions, you can make sure your home and things are safe, especially when you’re out or on holiday.”

Help keep your property secure by:

· Locking your car and garage.

· Keeping the doors locked — even when you are at home — and closing your windows at night.

· Keeping your spare key in a safe place.

· Parking vehicles on your property or in a well-lit area.

· Installing burglar alarms and/or sensor lights.

“Always be aware of what’s happening around you and please ensure you report any suspicious behaviour to Police,” Inspector Dow says.

“It’s important to look out for your wider community too. If you see someone breaking into your neighbour’s house or car, call 111 immediately. The sooner Police are made aware of these incidents, the sooner we can respond.

“We take burglary incidents seriously and any cases reported to Police will be thoroughly investigated.”

More safety and security advice is available on the Police website: www.police.govt.nz

ENDS

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