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10 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 www.times.co.nz 118390 Cops target adolescent car thieves By Chris Harrowell YOUNG criminals are believed to be behind a sharp rise in the theft of motor vehicles, which are also being broken into and having their contents stolen. Inspector Wendy Spiller, Counties Manu- kau East Police’s preven- tion manager, says at least 19 vehicles were stolen from East Auckland in April, and a further 30 broken into. They were taken from suburbs including Half Moon Bay, Bucklands Beach, Howick, Highland Park, Botany, North Park, Pakuranga, Golfands and Dannemora. “Since November last year the trend for motor vehicle theft through- out the Counties Manu- aku Police district is up hugely, but particularly in Counties Manukau East,” Ms Spiller told the Times. “The most commonly stolen motor vehicles are Nissans and Subarus and it can happen at any time of day. “It’s not as big a prob- lem in other parts of the district and it seems people come to our area because we give them easy targets.” Part of the problem is that people continue to leave their valuables and other items lying in plain view inside their motor vehicles. The most commonly stolen possessions are sunglasses, handbags and money. “Whatever is in the car, people will take it,” Ms Spiller says. “A bag in the car may be full of smelly gym gear, but a criminal offender doesn’t know that. “People just cannot leave anything of value inside their car.” Ms Spiller says Coun- ties Manukau East Police are taking action to clamp- down on the thefts. They’re targeting known criminals and car- rying out prevention work in the community, includ- ing patrolling shopping centre car parks. The number of front line police offcers watch- ing known theft hot spots has been increased. Police are buoyed by a number of recent suc- cesses in catching vehicle thieves. One such arrest hap- pened early on the morn- ing of April 29. Four youths were alleg- edly seen by police driving a stolen Nissan Pulsar car along Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu. They were followed north by the police Eagle helicopter and stopped and arrested at The Hub shopping complex in Ti Rakau Drive, Botany. All four youths have been referred to the police’s youth aid section. Ms Spiller says the public needs to keep an eye out for young people acting suspiciously, espe- cially when they aren’t alone. “If people see boys aged 12-18 walking around the streets and looking into cars, we want them to phone police on 111,” she says. “It tends to be two of them at a time. “One may act as a look- out and tell the other if someone is coming. “They don’t have driv- er’s licences and may get confdence from being with other people.” Motorists can also help reduce their chance of being targeted by crimi- nals, she says. Owners should always lock their vehicles and remove anything that may catch a thief’s eye. “People need to be mindful it’s happening and how quickly it can happen. “Let’s look after our property and prevent these thefts from happen- ing in the frst place.” People withinformation on motor vehicle thefts in East Auckland can phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300, or the Crimestoppers free and anonymous tip-off line on 0800-555-111. Group art exhibition Monterey Art Gallery, 5 Cook Street, Howick May 10-31, preview opening at 6pm on May 9 A GROUP art exhibition entitled People, Paint & Clay features works by Lauryne Hart, Cheryl Oliver and Jos Coufreur. Hart's narrative portraits depict human diversity and beauty, while Oliver's newest creations are quirky and unique and represent life's varying experiences. Coufreur creates works of vivid realism and is known for his series of colourful depictions of icons including writer Mark Twain and scientist Albert Einstein. Entry is free and all works are for sale. Symphony orchestra concert Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Central Auckland May 25, at 7.30pm THE New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's (NZSO) newest concert series is entitled Hear & Far and is dedicated to modern music masters. North American composer John Adams' 1985 piece, Harmonielehre, shares a powerful vitality with John Psathas' work for choir and orchestra, Orpheus in Rarohenga. The NZSO concert performance includes the talents of New Zealand soprano singer Jenny Wollerman, tenor Richard Greager, bass-baritone Paul Whelan and conductor Tecwyn Evans. Tickets cost $15-$126. To book, phone 0800-289-842, or visit www.buytickets.co.nz. Community band on stage Ormiston Senior College, 275 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush May 18, at 7.30pm THE Manukau Concert Band performs a music show alongside the 25-member City of Auckland Singers. The band plans to showcase selections from the musical Les Miserables, a contemporary piece entitled Rush, and the tuneful Dry Your Tears, Africa, by John Williams. The award-winning City of Auckland Singers will perform works by The Beatles, as well as Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine and music from the James Bond spy lm series. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and can be bought at the door. EP release party Uxbridge arts centre, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick -- May 16, at 7pm SINGER-songwriter Yasamin Al- Tiay is holding a party featuring live music performances to celebrate the release of new her EP, entitled Chasing Melodies. The album's rst single, Platinum & Gold was released in May, 2012, and has been played on C4 music TV. Al-Tiay was born in Iraq and rst got into live music performance through Uxbridge's regular community open mike nights. Tickets to the EP release party cost $10. To book, phone 535-6467, or visit the arts centre. Timothy Chapman installation Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga Until July 14 TIMOTHY Chapman's new art installation is entitled Pipes Before Teacups and is displayed on Te Tuhi's drawing wall. The Auckland artist investigates the history of Crown Lynn Potteries, which made its name as a manufacturer of ceramic tableware and water pipes. Chapman worked with Somerville Intermediate School pupils to create ceramic pipes featuring Crown Lynn inspired designs. The pipes are connected to create a system referencing "notions of collectivity and societal structure". Entry to the installation is free. Art Beat with Chris Harrowell Albert Einstein, by Jos Coufreur. Photo supplied NEW ZEALAND FASHION ONLINE Brands include: Andrea Moore, Augustine, Sabatini, Caroline Sills, Diesel, Juliette Hogan, Kagi, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Kathryn Wilson, Max, Mondegreen, Nicholas Jermyn, Repertoire, Stolen Girlfriends, Storm, Tamsin Cooper, Zambesi. 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