Howick and Pakuranga Times
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Est. 2003 115542 Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Vol 11, No 16 General 271 8000 ■ Classi ed 271 8055 ■ Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 ■ Website www.times.co.nz Borders Real Estate Selling your house is now affordable! 2% flat fee with no up-front costs* or Fixed fees starting from $9995* • Auctions, Tenders and By Negotiation • Property Press and Internet Marketing To sell your house call Borders on 0508 332 239 *Add GST to all fees. Minimum fees of $9000 + GST apply. Fixed fees start from $9995 & depend on value of home. Admin fees, terms & conditions apply. Fees are for residential properties only. 121496-V3 www.borders.net.nz WE WILL REMEMBER THEM The Anzac Day national holiday is commemorated tomorrow and in this edition of the Times we feature Anzac and RSA- themed stories and advertising on pages 2, 8, 10 and 11. By Chris Harrowell TWO men arrived at Stewart Cun- ningham’s fabrication business in the dead of night and left after helping themselves to several hun- dred dollars worth of his property. Mr Cunningham discovered alu- minium missing from the back of his East Tamaki company, Pidcorp Engineering, when he arrived at work on April 11. Stolen also was diesel fuel from a truck owned by a neighbouring business. It’s the second time scrap thieves have targeted Mr Cunningham’s commercial premises in Allens Road in the past three years. He checked his outdoor secu- rity cameras after the most recent theft and found they captured on ﬁlm two men arriving at the site in a white double-cab truck at about 12.15am on April 11. “They were here for more than an hour looking through things and taking the scrap metal, and also tried to open locked contain- ers,” says the Pakuranga resident. The two men seen in the secu- rity camera footage appear to be of stocky build and were wearing shorts and baseball caps. Mr Cunningham has reported the crime and given images of the pair to police. He’s also reported the theft to the Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA), which sent out an email alert on the crime to its 1700 partner businesses and contacts. Pidcorp Engineering was pre- viously targeted three years ago, when someone broke into a large steel container and stole property from it worth more than $30,000. “People come and take bits and pieces,” Mr Cunningham says. “It’s the same as if they had helped themselves to money out of your pocket. People would frown on someone doing that. “You can see in the security camera footage the two guys were shining torches and looking around the yard. “They were wearing high-visi- bility vests, probably to make them look legitimate if they get picked up by police.” Mr Cunningham says it’s tough for scrap metal dealers to know if Valuable metal stolen "You can see in the security camera footage the two guys were shining torches and looking around the yard." -- Stewart Cunningham, Pidcorp Engineering Scrap metal thieves have repeatedly targeted Stewart Cunningham's East Tamaki business. Times photo Chris Harrowell the materials they are buying are stolen goods. “I think sometimes they will suspect it, but they’re a business and they can’t do much about it,” he says. “It’s their job to buy scrap metal and they have to have faith that the people selling it to them are legitimate.” Senior sergeant Alison Brand, Counties Manukau East Police’s prevention manager, says burglary and theft tends to increase in April and May. “That happens with the end of Daylight Saving, when there are fewer daylight hours,” she says. “Also, as metal is an important commodity, it happens more when its value rises. “This hasn’t been a signiﬁcant issue for police for a period of time, as quite a few scrap metal dealers have moved away from East Tamaki and Otara.” Ms Brand says there are steps business owners can take to reduce the chance of being targeted. “We ask that people look after their property and ensure that it is locked up in a secure environ- ment. “People should also ensure their premises are secure, with alarms and security cameras if possible.” People with information on the theft of scrap metal from Pid- corp Engineering in Allens Road, East Tamaki, at about 12.15am on April 11, can phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300, or the Crimestoppers free and anonymous tip-off line on 0800- 555-111.
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