Police in Invercargill are warning residents in the north of the city to protect their properties after a series of burglaries targeting those away on holiday.
Detective Tim Cook said nine burglaries were reported in the suburbs of Gladstone and Windsor last week between 7 and 12 January.
He said the offender or offenders had targeted homes and vehicles left vacant while owners were on holiday.
Residents should protect themselves by locking property, including garages and garden sheds, and removing valuables from cars out of sight, he said.
Members of the public who can help, including those with CCTV in the area, are urged to call the police.
"In particular, we'd like to hear from anyone in Windsor and Gladstone who may have CCTV that could assist the investigations," he said.
Police share measures to make your property safer:
- Consider investing in an alarm system, or getting sensor lights fitted.
- Always lock your vehicles when you leave them and take your keys with you.
- Any boats or vehicles on your property should be disabled so they can't be moved or towed away.
- Put away all tools and ladders - don't leave them out and available for use.
- Keep your trees and shrubs trimmed so they don't offer hiding places for burglars.