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Over 150 reports of stolen cars in one week in Christchurch

Author
Nathan Morton, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 8 Nov 2022, 8:24am
Photo / 123RF
Photo / 123RF

Over 150 reports of stolen cars in one week in Christchurch

Author
Nathan Morton, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 8 Nov 2022, 8:24am

Car theft has “significantly increased” over recent weeks, according to Christchurch police as youth crime rates continue to climb in the city.

In just one week, police said they received over 150 reports of stolen cars across the Christchurch district.

It’s a statistic they attribute to the increase in recent youth offending in the city, for which arrests and a number of charges have been laid.

Police Superintendent, Lane Todd said police could attribute much of the increase to recent youth offending in the district. Photo / Rachel Das

Police Superintendent, Lane Todd said police could attribute much of the increase to recent youth offending in the district. Photo / Rachel Das

One of the most high profile was a 14-year-old in the city who faced 81 charges in Christchurch Youth Court last week. He was charged for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle among a host of other charges.

Police Superintendent, Lane Todd said with recent arrests taking place the number of stolen cars in Christchurch has begun to decrease.

He reminded the public of the importance of being “extra vigilant” when securing their cars, making sure all valuables have been removed from the car when you get out.

Todd also suggested people who park on the road consider investing in a wheel lock.

“It is a cheap but effective way of helping to prevent your car being stolen”.

Car theft in the city isn’t a spring phenomenon. The city faced a spate of car thefts back in May when child thieves “as young as 10 years old” targeted Mazda Demios for nightly joyrides.

In just one weekend at the start of the year, 19 Demios – New Zealand’s most stolen car – were pinched across the Garden City alone.

AA Insurance revealed in August car theft and attempted thefts had increased by 36.5 per cent nationally.

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