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Apartment dwellers urged to look out for the neighbours

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Auckland neighbourhood support is urging people living in apartments to be more vigilant.

The suggestion comes after three homicides in as many weeks - the most recent just yesterday in the inner city suburb of Newton.

Neighbourhood support says residents should get to know their neighbours.

A wall is all that separates the top floor crime scene from the neighbours in the latest incident, where a woman was found dead in an apartment.

Some residents say they heard loud banging but had no idea a 30-year-old woman had been killed.

A resident below says most people who live in the Winchester street apartments do not know each other and keep to themselves.

Neighbourhood support say it is a dangerous situation that exists in many apartments.

Kevin Hicks, from Neighbourhood Support, said: "I think that there is a problem in cities of people being too busy or not getting to know their neighbopurs but I do think it is one of the most important ways of protecting yourself".

There are at least 4000 support groups across Auckland City but only a few exist in inner city apartments.

A company specialising in body corporate groups say some are more proactive than others when it comes to security. But individuals also need to take responsibility to report suspicious activity.

Less than three weeks ago two men were stabbed to death at another Central Auckland apartment. Residents there said they heard yelling but did not report it.

In the latest incident in Newton, police are talking to a 23-year-old man who was taken to hospital immediately afterwards.

Police say the woman lived in the apartment with two other men.

Detectives are now investigating the woman's background and her relationship with the man in hospital.

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