Campaign Tackles Theft from Cars

15 October 2013

Don’t let your valuables become burglar bait – that’s the message behind a new campaign aimed at reducing theft from cars, especially in the Newtown and Mt Cook areas.

Men in masks.

Don’t leave valuables in your car


The Council is working with the Police on tackling this opportunistic crime, which is driven by people leaving valuables in cars, with positive results.

Although overall crime in Wellington is reducing, statistics from the last five years show an increase in the numbers of thefts from cars at this time of year.

Since launching the campaign in September, these figures have reduced to under a third of the expected number.

The Council’s City Safety Team Leader, Adrian Peoples, says Wellingtonians can easily take action to keep their belongings safe. “Our message is simple - to avoid your valuables becoming burglar bait, take them with you.”

The campaign targets people where it hurts - in the pocket.

An entertaining 35-second video has been developed, which shows burglars bidding on valuables left in a car. Please share the video on the page below:

Safety in Wellington - Vehicles and Valuables