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Licence plate thefts increasing, and more fraud being reported

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Over the past month there has been an increase in licence plate thefts across Wellington and the greater Wellington region.

Police patrols are watching for any criminal activity around vehicles and we monitor crime hotspots and carry out mandatory checks on commonly targeted vehicles.

It is upsetting and inconvenient for members of our community to be victims of this type of crime.

To help prevent being a victim of this crime licence plates can be affixed with anti-theft screws; varying the screw types also makes any theft difficult for offenders.

Police also recommend where possible, to park your vehicle inside your property rather than on the street or only park in well-lit and busy locations.

Often when licence plates are stolen from vehicles they are used to commit further offences, so we are interested in hearing from the public about anything which could assist in putting a stop to this type of offending.

Wellington Police are also aware of an increase in fraud offending being reported. The drop in alert levels has allowed for the trading of goods to recommence online, and there have been multiple reports of buyers using false bank transfer confirmations and falsified digital documents to confirm payments have been made.

Police are investigating reports of this form of scamming, and encourage anyone who has fallen victim to this scam to report it. Many people choose not to out of embarrassment at being deceived; however they should be assured that Police will take any report seriously.

Police advise people to buy and sell off regulated websites such as Trade Me and from legitimate stores or companies.

If you decide to conduct transactions and exchanges off social media, Police urge you to ensure the money is in your account before handing over the item and to verify the funds are cleared with your bank.

Communicate with the buyer, so they are aware of your conditions of purchase and sale and consider dealing with cash only.

Police recommend discontinuing transactions where there is a suspicion of dishonesty or fraud. Trust your instincts, if it’s too good to be true or sounds like a scam it probably is, and there will always be another opportunity to trade.

We are actively targeting offenders who commit volume and fraud offending and we will hold them accountable for their actions.

Police urge members of the community to report any suspicious activity to give Police the best chance of catching offenders.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of crime should call Police on 111 if it is happening now, or on 105 if it has happened. Reports can also be made anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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  1. Ray Chung, 16. September 2021, 13:44

    Yes, this recommendation from Police for residents to park on their properties and off the street is a very sensible suggestion. But the WCC removed the requirement for any new dwellings to provide off-street parking from the District Plan from 4 May this year to comply with the government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development. So doesn’t this contradict what the Police are recommending?

  2. Claire, 16. September 2021, 15:18

    Ray : will the decision not to provide carparks make cars go away? Wishful thinking. Newtown is already so dense that there are few off street carparks. When the WCC makes these idealogy-driven decisions there will be problems.

  3. Ray Chung, 16. September 2021, 19:44

    Claire, most councillors like this National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) as they can say it’s a directive from the government so we have no choice. That’s not strictly correct as councils can offer alternatives, but the WCC haven’t. Other councils like Christchurch are objecting. The WCC has put it into the District Plan which is due to be revised next year so anything is possible and I guess it depends on who gets into council next year? Developers love this policy as well, as in a multi-floor building, a garage adds about $100,000-$120,000 to the price of the apartment but if they use that space for making apartments larger, their return is three times as much. An example of this are the apartments in Victoria Street, they advertise these as “off-street parking available” but when you look at the plans and ask where the garages are, they’ll tell you that they’re in Tory Street at the Central City Parking Building.
    As you say, this will be most pronounced in suburbs like Newtown where the developers will be looking for old houses to demolish to build multi-storey apartments without car parks. You see this already with new apartments in Constable Street where they don’t have car parks. They’ll need to park on the streets which are already congested with people going to the hospital.

  4. Mike Mellor, 16. September 2021, 22:38

    Claire, there’s no decision to not provide car parks – whether they are provided or not is entirely up to the developer.

    The decision was in fact to not require car parks, whether people want them or not, which is a sensible, pragmatic decision to make housing less expensive to build than it would otherwise be, and also not encouraging car use (which would, of course, make things worse).

    Amazing how “ideology-driven” has become a criticism, when all it means is doing what you think is right – and don’t we all try to do that?

  5. Claire, 17. September 2021, 9:21

    Mike: Not requiring carparks is trying to social engineer and a bit fanciful. Cars will not just disappear. The Idealists need a bit of reality of experience.