Taupō police report: thieves target boats and trailers
Tēnā koutou katoa Taupō and Turangi communities.
This week, I want to start by thanking the Tūrangi community for responding to my post last weekend about trail bikes that rip.
As a result of this article, we have had reports from many of you regarding this type of dangerous behavior. Your reports enabled the local police to contact these households.
This is going to be an ongoing issue until we address the behavior of some of the adults who own the bikes and allow young children to ride them in dangerous ways. I continue to ask that you continue to report these events so that our rangatahi and tamariki are safe.
Here in Taupō, we have seen an increase in thefts of trailers, boats and jet ski trailers from homes and industrial areas. The Tactical Crimes Unit located in Taupō is investigating these incidents, but we need your help.
These items are taken in the early morning hours. If you are traveling during these times and come across such vehicles and believe they are out of place, please dial 111 so that response team teams can show up and investigate.
I asked our teams to actively stop vehicles towing trailers, jet skis and boats. I do
apologize if you are legit in your journey but it is a task we have to do to catch the thieves.
If you know who these offenders are, you can tell us by calling the Crimestoppers line or visiting a police station. We will take your information and keep it confidential, but we will hold suspects accountable.
Finally, this week, I want to talk about the behavior of some of our rangatahi (youth) within the Taupō CBD. I am aware that companies and hosting providers in these regions are a bit frustrated.
It is important if the behavior of these young people requires intervention that you call 111 and let the police intervene. If you have a CCTV system capable of capturing images of these young people, please inform the police present.
What has been helpful recently is that some members of the public filmed the behavior, police viewed the footage which helped in the investigation.
What I can say is that the Taupō youth and community team are engaging and working positively with these rangatahi and we are seeing a change in behavior. I would like to commend Acting Sergeant Sarah Lord and her team, Constables Sholto Leaso, Craig Ormsby and Mary Lambert, who are working very hard on this file.
I am confident that we will get the results needed, but as with all behavioral issues change takes time and sometimes as adults we need to extend some love and grace to our rangatahi while this change occurs.
That’s it for me this week. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable Auckland Birthday weekend. Take care of each other, stay safe on our roads and we’ll talk again next week.