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Police increase patrols in Kaikoura

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/11/2016

Police say monitoring Kaikoura properties left empty since the 7.8 earthquake is a priority.

Inspector Ross Lienert says residents are worried that their properties may be targeted by thieves while they're away.

"We're really keen to reassure people that we're doing everything we can to prevent this type of crime from occurring," he says.

Police are concentrating a number of patrols on such properties and are maintaining a regular presence in the affected areas, particularly at night.

"This is a priority focus for police operating in Kaikoura," he says.

If people witness crime or are concerned about suspicious behaviour they should contact police immediately.

Earlier three Kaikoura men were arrested and charged with looting a freight train stranded north of the town by the earthquake on November 14.

The looting was widely condemned at the time.

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