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Auckland City Harbour News : April 16th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Wednesday, April 16, 2014 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 Sorry stateorry sta ❯❯ Pat Booth on the woeful lows of legal highs P7 Stunt womantunt woman ❯❯ Meet the Kiwi girl working with Hollywood stars P3 A t therap Arrt therapy ❯❯ Abi found a different way to use her creative talents P4 Time of change Time of change ❯❯ State housing tenancices are up for review P5 SNAP decision can save lots of tears Recording the serial numbers of her valuables on an online database has saved one woman plenty of heartache. The Auckland resident took photos of various goods and uploaded them to SNAP – the police Serial Number Asset Partnership scheme. SNAP makes it easier for police to track stolen property and means users have a ready-made asset list to provide to insurance companies if they are burgled. The woman registered a newly bought laptop on the website before it and other valuables were stolen from her home in broad daylight four days later. An observant neighbourhood support group member called police after noticing a suspicious vehicle and a man entering the property. The thief was caught Nasty shock: A Herne Baymandiscovered an intruder in his home late at night. and initially said all the items belonged to a friend. He admitted to the crime after the valuables were identified through the database. The victim says putting her valuables into SNAP saved her a lot of money. ‘‘We’ve got insurance, but you have to pay the excess and then the premiums go up.’’ ‘‘You work to buy the things that you want in your house; you don’t expect someone to just come and help themselves to it.’’ Police Inspector Wendy Spiller says the burglary shows how registering on the SNAP database can help lessen the blow if a burglary does occur. ‘‘Many stolen items that are recovered can never be returned to their owners because they cannot be identified.’’ Visit snap.org.nz to get started. By EMMA WHITTAKER Waking up to a stranger creeping around the house is everyone’s worst nightmare. But one Herne Bay man wasn’t about to let an intruder get away easily. The man, who asked to be named only as Steve, chased a youth he discovered in his Herne Bay house and restrained him with the help of neighbours until police arrived. Steve and his wife had just got into bed around 10pm on April 4 when he noticed a light in the hallway. He first thought it was from a car on the street but realised there was someone in the house when he spotted it again. His young children were asleep in their rooms. ‘‘I just started yelling at him to get out of the house,’’ he says. The intruder fled out onto the street and Steve ran after him. ‘‘I was saying ‘I’m going to get you’, and he was yelling back ‘stop chasing me’.’’ ‘‘I caught up, jumped on his back and pulled him to the ground.’’ ‘‘I didn’t think of the conse- quences if he’d had a knife or something. ‘‘I was protecting my family.’’ A neighbour heard the noise and came and gave Steve a hand to restrain the intruder. Another neighbour app- eared and recognised the culprit as the same person who’d entered a different property through the front door earlier that evening. ‘‘Apparently he said ‘I’ve got the wrong house’ and left,’’ Steve says. Residents later discovered that other people nearby had reported break-ins on the same night. One of Steve’s children slept through the whole incident but another woke up when police arrived. The incident is a reminder to stay vigilant and not be hesitant about reporting suspicious behaviour, Avondale Sergeant Craig Cartwright says. ‘‘Some people think there’s someone up to something so they call their husbands or the neighbour - call us.’’ A 16-year-old Western Springs youth is facing two charges of burglary in connection with the incident.
April 11th 2014