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Teamwork to nab Hamilton suspects praised

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/09/2016

Police are highlighting the arrest of alleged burglars in Hamilton, saying neighbours who raised the alarm made the difference.

At about 8.45am on Saturday a couple in Fairview Downs saw two youths acting suspiciously in a park at the rear of their neighbour's property, police say.

They had watched the 16-year-olds go on to the property and called 111.

The youths had broken a window using an iron bar before fleeing into the park after they were disturbed by the home owner. They were arrested after being found with the help of a police dog and handler.

"We have interviewed and thanked the members of the public for their actions," said Sergeant Chris McRae.

"It's a team effort to make catches like this."

Last month Police Minister Judith Collins welcomed a police decision to attend all house break-ins.

In March the NZ Herald reported 164 burglaries went unsolved each day in the year to December 3 - a resolution rate of 9.3 per cent.

Ms Collins said while burglary rates were below that of recent years, there had been an increase during the past 12 months.

Police had responded by raising dwelling burglary from a volume crime to a priority offence.

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