Thefts from cars big problem in Bay

The first in a series examining crime in our region and what measures are being taken to deal it.

The number of thefts from cars in Napier has risen noticeably since 2014.

There were approximately 1000 thefts reported from motor vehicles in the 21/2 years to December 2016, according to police data obtained by Hawke’s Bay Today.

The figures are included in the most in-depth look at crime data undertaken in New Zealand, led by Herald Insights.

Eastern District Commander Sandra Venables said nonviolent crime had reduced in the months since December last year.

“While police have seen an increase in non-violent crime across the Hawke’s Bay area, it has been improving since it peaked in November, 2016,” Ms Venables said.

Just under 1000 thefts from cars were reported in Hastings over the same time, despite its greater population.

Theft from cars was the fourth most common type of crime – far more common than stealing cars.

Labour police spokesman and Napier MP Stuart Nash said this type of offence was generally drug-related.

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