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Police to help Appleby

The Southland Times
Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Police plan to give the Invercargill suburb of Appleby extra attention following a spate of thefts and burglaries in the area.

Sergeant Brock Davis, of Invercargill, said there had been an increase in the number of burglaries in several areas of the city, most noticeably Appleby and the surrounding areas.

As a result, police would be offering crime prevention and neighbourhood support group advice, starting with Appleby, Mr Davis said. "It is anticipated that several new neighbourhood support groups will be formed over the next month as a result of this advice."

Full crime prevention advice was given when groups were formed but simple measures such as people ensuring their house was locked when they went out, to not leaving valuables in cars and letting neighbours know when they're going away, all went towards reducing that type of offending, he said.

The public could also help by calling police immediately if they saw any suspicious activity: either Invercargill police on 211 0400 or by dailing 111 in an emergency, Mr Davis said.

People wanting more information on neighbourhood support groups could contact the co-ordinator at the Invercargill City Council.

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