Crime Prevention Tools
Preventing Rural Theft & Burglary
We would like to remind rural property owners to make security a priority. A lot of reported thefts are committed by opportunistic criminals looking for an insecure shed, or a farm vehicle with keys left in the ignition. It’s important to ensure your property, including fuel tanks, are secure and locked to restrict theft and tampering.
There are a range of measures you can take to ensure your property is safe and less appealing to burglars and thieves.
Rural fuel theft is a common loss we hear about from farmers weekly. With the rising costs of fuel this loss can be a significant expense for your business. Fuel tanks are situated near tanker tracks for convenience but this also increases the risk that it can be seen by opportunist thieves.
Did you know that if you have a fuel source on your rural property that it can be protected and monitored? Levno alerts you when fuel is added or withdrawn from tank. There is an App that is used on your phone and you can set alerts to suit your requirements. https://www.levno.com/
Today’s technology provides us a wide range of options so you can be notified as soon as a vehicle comes onto your property. If your down a long driveway, own a lifestyle block or have a rural farming business these alarms are beneficial. All of these work in different ways but have the benefits of suiting any requirements for your property including solar power. Parabeam® allows you to remotely monitor driveways, sheds, machinery and fuel storage facilities to a base receiver, mobile phone or pager, and be anywhere on the property. http://sost.co.nz/
Preventing Theft or Burglary from your Home
Property crime can have a devastating impact. Here we offer some simple steps you can take to make your home and property as secure as possible. Remember LOCKS, LIGHTS, and LINES OF SIGHT.
• Secure your doors, windows, sheds, and garages with good quality locks.
• Install security stays on windows, especially those on ground level.
• If you have a house alarm, remember to set it.
• If you’re outside for an extended time e.g. in the garden, lock your front door.
• Install motion sensor lights.
• If you don’t have motion sensor lights, leave an outside security light on when it’s dark.
LINES OF SIGHT
• Don’t provide places for burglars to hide – keep bushes and trees trimmed, and your property well lit.
• Keep valuables out of sight. If it can be seen, it can be a target.
Car Break ins and Theft
Waikato Police are aware of a spike in vehicle crime across our region.We understand that not every property can place their vehicle in a garage. There are also limitations of parking on properties because of high vehicle numbers and the availability of space.
We strongly encourage the following prevention measures:
SECURE IT- Installing alarms and steering wheel locks to vehicles if they do not have them.
LIGHT IT – Use of sensor lighting and CCTV to monitor areas where vehicles are typically parked.
PARK IT – Consider parking susceptible models in behind newer vehicles on the driveway preventing them being removed.
EMPTY IT – Do not leave your valuables in your vehicle. If you can’t remove the item, keep it well hidden and out of sight of opportunistic thieves.
Trade vehicles are particularly highly targeted by burglars. Remove the tools and secure them in a lockbox overnight. Make sure your tools are easily identifiable.
Mark them with your Drivers Licence number, this informs Police immediately of the owner if found.
Thieves are targeting the following vehicles: Mazda Demio, Nissan Tiida, Toyota Aqua, Toyota Corolla, Mazda Attenza, Subaru Legacy.