Police issue rural warning

by Mike Isle

Police have a warning for rural property owners: be extra vigilant heading into summer.

Canterbury rural area prevention manager, Senior Sergeant Matt Emery, says police are encouraging rural property owners to make security a priority, as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer.

“A lot of reported thefts are committed by opportunist criminals looking for that unsecured shed or a farm vehicle with the keys in the ignition,” he said.

Many of the measures property-owners can take, such as locking doors and windows and installing sensor lights, are common sense and apply to both urban and rural properties.

However, Sergeant Emery said, in a rural setting a few extra measures are required to help keep buildings, vehicles, machinery and stock safe. He recommends:

Checking boundaries and fences on a regular basis

  • Clearly tagging animals
  • Removing keys from unattended vehicles
  • Marking or engraving tools with the owner’s driving licence number
  • Not leaving firearms in vehicles
  • Keeping in contact with neighbours and letting one another know of unusual behaviour

Sergeant Emery says police take burglary and theft incidents seriously. He advises property owners to contact them immediately if they see anything suspicious.