Increase in burglaries in Whakatane

Burglaries are on the rise again in and around Whakatane according to local police.

There have been eleven burglaries over the last week.

Senior Community Constable Spike Dickey says most of the burglaries have been relatively minor, and may be down to young people returning to the homes of friends and peers to rob them.

He's urging people to keep an eye on who comes and goes, and to check all windows and doors are securely locked.

Senior Constable Dickey says a number of recent burglaries have been in the Awatapu area.

Michelle Keighley