Burglaries prompt security warning

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Police are warning any Selwyn residents renting out their property online to take extra security precautions.

The warning follows a spate of burglaries in Christchurch in which Police connected six burglaries to bookings made through popular accommodation websites.

“The offenders are booking properties through these sites using stolen credit cards, turning up and stripping them bare, taking everything from lounge suites and bedding to whiteware,” Tactical Crime Detective Sergeant, Colin Baillie said.

“There are a number of steps people can take to keep their property safe,” DS Baillie said.

“These include meeting with, or having an agent meet with, renters and sighting photo identification such as a passport or driver’s licence.

“Many local sites do these checks for you; however, some large, international sites don’t offer that service.

“In that case, we urge property owners to make the checks themselves and ensure renters are who they say they are.”

He said that may also mean contacting the booking platform to ensure the transaction is legitimate.

“You’re essentially opening your door to strangers so make sure you have the right measures in place to protect your investment.

“Police are focussed on preventing crime in our communities, however, we cannot do it alone. So, if you neighbour a rental property of this type, please report any unusual activity.”

Police enquiries into these latest burglaries and any links between them are ongoing.