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Chch car thieves strike easy pickings

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/06/2016

Christchurch thieves breaking into unlocked cars have scored an easy hit - stealing contactless cards to swipe and go.

Police are investigating a rise in theft from cars in the suburb of Halswell, with 50 thefts reported in the past month.

In a number of cases, thieves got an easy bonus by taking contactless cards, which can be used for purchases of up to $80 by the user waving them in front of an electronic reader.

Wallets, phones, tools, and cash were also taken.

Senior Constable Deborah Smalley says in almost all cases the cars were unlocked and entry was not forced.

She warned an unlocked car in a driveway was not safe or secure.

"We need the public to make an extra effort here to remove valuables from their vehicles if they want to stop thieves taking their possessions."

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