Security Alerts

Suspicious Vehicle/Persons



A business in Crooks Road has reported a low riding white Ford Ute, registration AAW505 with a driver and 2 passengers cruising very slowly and somewhat suspiciously through their carpark at 9:35 am this morning. The driver was described as wearing dark glasses and had a bushy beard.  

If you see this vehicle or person and have concerns about their behaviour please contact the Police.





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Caught on camera



Just after 5 pm last night, the person in the photos below, entered a business in Bishop Browne Place and stole cash from an unattended reception area.  After a brief conversation with a staff member he then left the premises in a stolen red Kia Rio, registration plate GHE294.

If you see this person or vehicle please contact the Police and quote File Number 180823/4711


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Courier Approached



At approximately 1 pm today, a courier driver was loading his vehicle at a customer’s premises in Arwen Place when he was approached by two males who demanded they be given a parcel.

They are described as Maori or Polynesian, of large build, in their late 20’s and were in an early model grey BMW sedan, registration ALL177.

If you see this vehicle and it’s occupants, please contact the Police.


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Suspicious Cyclist



Late this morning, the male in the pictures below was riding one of the Onzo bike share cycles around a business carpark in Burswood Drive.  He had no good reason for being in the carpark and attempted to look inside the businesses situated there. 

If you see this person and have concerns about their behaviour please contact the Police.











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Theft of truck batteries, wheels, steel and alloy


The people in the picture below have been caught on camera stealing the above items in Franklin over the last few months.  They could well be operating in the East Tamaki area too so please be on the lookout as the truck is quite distinctive. If you sight the vehicle or people in the photo please contact the Police.


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Suspicious Person



The male in the photos below was seen acting suspiciously around premises in Springs Road at the same time as courier parcels went missing. This person was seen earlier in the week and again today.  

If you see this person and have concerns about their behaviour please contact the Police.





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Courier Package Stolen



Late this morning, a courier package awaiting collection was stolen from the entrance to a Springs Road business.  Two males wearing hi-viz vests  drove up in a small white hatchback.  When questioned they said they were there to pick up the courier package which they then did and sped south down Springs Road.

Please ensure your packages awaiting courier pickup are supervised so your business is not adversely affected by this type of opportunist offence and contact the Police if you witness any such event


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Suspicious Person/Vehicle



A Pacific Island male, aged around 30, 5’ 7”, of stocky build and with long hair, entered various premises in Greenmount Drive at around 12.40 pm today and was driving a silver Subaru Impreza, registration EKC973. This person had no valid reason for entering the premises and was wearing industrial overalls that were blue on the bottom and orange high viz on the top.


If you see this person and have concerns about their behaviour please contact the Police.



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Suspicious Behaviour



The person in the picture on the right was seen looking into parked cars in Birmingham Road yesterday. 


If you see this person and have concerns about their behaviour please contact the Police. 





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Suspicious Person & Vehicle



One of our members noticed suspicious activity in Zelanian Drive around 1-1.30pm yesterday.  

A male was walking down the street looking in to properties and vehicles on both sides of the road, and appeared to try and gain access to a black vehicle parked on the road.  He was being followed by another male driving a 1992 White Toyota Corona, registration ZH2311, see picture below.  

The male who was walking is described as being of Maori or Pacific Island descent, approximately 6 ft tall and of stocky build.  He had short hair and was wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket.


Please be alert for the vehicle and people described and contact the Police if you are concerned about their behaviour.




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East Tamaki Crime Update



The local crime rate has spiked in the last six weeks or so and appears to be concentrated in three categories.


Auto industry targeted 
The Auto industry has been targeted - both vehicle and parts traders - and offenders appear to have a clear idea of the items they are looking for.  If your business is in this industry please urgently review your security systems and seek professional advice to ensure your property/goods are well protected.  Visit the business directory section of the website to find a local security advisor.


Truck batteries
Truck batteries have been stolen from a number of local sites and this is thought to be related to the use of acid from the batteries in the production of methamphetamine.  If you have or could be affected by this type of crime, you should ensure your vehicles are parked in such a way that access to the batteries is difficult for offenders.   You may also wish to investigate the possibility of installing a cover for your batteries that is secured with a closed shank padlock.


Vehicle related thefts
There has been an unprecedented surge in the instance of vehicle related theft.   The majority of these occurrences involve insecure vehicles or where owners have left valuables inside.  This type of crime is very preventable and despite frequent warnings from the Police, GETBA and other organisations vehicle owners continue to be negligent. 

  • Do not leave vehicles unlocked
  • If your vehicle has an alarm/immobiliser, ensure it is fully functional.  If your vehicle doesn’t have an existing security system, purchase a steering wheel lock and use it.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, whether in sight or not
  • Do not leave a remote garage door opener in your vehicle when it is unoccupied.


Please advise your staff to be alert and contact the Police if you are concerned about any suspicious behaviour.




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Attempted theft in Allens Road



Around 5.30 last evening, a European male wearing a black hoodie attempted to take pallets from within the property of a business in Allens Road. When approached he quickly left in a silver Toyota Harrier station wagon CUJ263 – see photo below.

The pallets were neatly stacked against the building and could not have been considered to be free to the public. 

Please be alert for this person and vehicle, and as always, ensure that any items located outside your building are made secure.

Contact the Police if you are concerned about any suspicious behaviour.



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Suspicious Vehicles/Persons



A vehicle – Mazda Silver Atenza, registration LGG297 - with two occupants, one female and one male (believed to be Maori), visited a business in Cryers Road yesterday and collected an online purchase. While there, the male occupant of the vehicle walked up to the warehouse of a neighbouring business, and although the sign on the business clearly states what they sell, he continued to ask questions about what they sold while looking into the warehouse.   

The same vehicle returned today with the same female occupant and a different male.   The male was of large build with distinctive ginger dreadlocks and neck tattoos. They were accompanied by a second vehicle - 2005 Silver Audi A4, registration HPK129. The occupants (thought to be Pacific Islanders) of the second vehicle collected an online purchase from the same business.

If you see either of these vehicles and the occupants appear to be behaving suspiciously, please contact the Police.


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Recent theft from trucks



There have been multiple instances of truck batteries being stolen in the last few days so please take steps to ensure that these item are made as secure as possible after hours.  We recommend you consider the following measures to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime.

  • Park your trucks in a way that makes access to the batteries difficult
  • Ensure the vehicles are locked, wheel clamped or fitted with a steering lock
  • Mark batteries with company details, making it difficult for offenders to sell them
  • Install point to point beams and/or cages around the batteries
  • Review your CCTV system and lighting to ensure that captured images are clear


Please advise your staff to be alert and contact the Police if you are concerned about any suspicious behaviour.


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Suspicious Behaviour



Two young Maori males, aged between 18-22 have been loitering around a business in Kerwyn Avenue since 8.45 this morning. One of the males entered the store and hovered around the desk, pretending to be interested in buying something. He left when approached by staff.

They are both of average height and build, have short hair and are clean shaven. One is wearing a green basketball singlet with shorts and black slip on sandals and the other is wearing blue industrial type trousers and a singlet.

They were last seen at approximately 10 am heading west on Kerwyn Road towards Highbrook.

Please advise your staff to be alert for these people and contact the Police if you are concerned about their behaviour


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Advisory from the Police



Local Police and security companies are seeing three key trends and advise:

  • Lock your vehicle at all times
  • Remove valuables from the car
  • Close the gates to your premises at the end of the day

If you would like signs to remind staff of vehicle security contact Karen Hadley, GETBA Operations Manager.

Please make your staff aware. 

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Further Information



Following our security alert yesterday we were approached by the company which contracted the person mentioned in the email, and as a result would like to provide you with some more information.

Google have appointed an organisation called Cube Online as a registered Google Trusted Agency to promote their product called Google Business View which is an extension of Google Street View and allows people to view the interior of a business through an interactive 360 degree virtual tour.

Cube Online have in turn contracted JCK Digital to facilitate their marketing. The person who visited businesses in the Greenmount Drive area yesterday is contracted to JCK Digital. Here is a link which explains the Google offering and also a link to Cube Online. You will not find JCK Digital or Cube Online listed in the trusted provider list for Auckland as they are both based in Sydney.

We share this message for clarification, not for endorsement of this offering. We advise, as always, to be diligent about who you admit into your premises and be mindful of information you disclose that could compromise security.

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Business approached by suspicious person on Greenmount Drive



A business in Greenmount Drive was today approached by a female who claimed to be from Google 3D and said she needed to film inside the premises. The young lady spoke with a French accent and was of average build and height with medium length fair hair and was wearing a navy jacket with a Google 3D logo, jeans and sneakers.  She was carrying a burgundy backpack and an iPad and was unable to produce any identification. 

If you or your staff receive a similar approach, please contact the Police.

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Employee approached to steal from business



An employee at one of our local businesses involved in the building industry was approached by a known customer and offered a financial inducement to steal from that business. The person is male and drives a white Mitsubishi L300 van, registration CAW594. The incident has been reported to the Police, reference 171006/9133.

Please contact the Police quoting this reference number if you or your employees receive similar approaches.

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Attempted theft



If you recognise the male and female in the images below please contact the Police immediately. They were interrupted attempting to steal metal from a property in Andromeda Crescent yesterday afternoon. The vehicle they were driving is a silver 2006 Ford Mondeo registration DPU200.


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Suspicious activity



A Maori couple in their forties have visited a business near Greenmount Drive twice this week. When approached, the female asked for scrap metal to “raise funds for her son’s sport to go overseas” and was found at the back of the same premises today accompanied by a male.

The female is described as being short, chubby and well spoken and the male as thin and wearing a Hi-Viz top.  They were driving a Black Mitsubishi Chariot EAD405.

Please notify Police if you see these people or this vehicle.

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Theft from Highbrook business



The same offender has again targeted a business at The Crossing at Highbrook and the below pictures show him entering and leaving the building. The offender is driving a 2002 blue Toyota IST Registration FFP931.  The picture of the vehicle was taken when he last stole from this business.
If you recognise this person or sight him or the vehicle, please contact the police immediately quoting File # 170422/0205.



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Stolen trailer



A large tandem trailer loaded with a self contained studio cabin was stolen from a Lorien Place property in the early hours of Monday morning (24th April).  
The theft was carried out by three males in a light coloured Nissan Patrol station wagon (possibly 1990’s) with a long wheel base. The vehicle had special spotlights on the rear bumpers.  
If you have seen the trailer, cabin, vehicle or person in the pictures below please contact the police immediately.


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Criminal activity in Lorien Place



Lorien Place has been targeted overnight recently with offenders stealing licence plates, hot water cylinders and a trailer.

All businesses should be extra vigilant with the security of buildings and contents and check CCTV’s and security systems are functioning correctly.

If you need to leave vehicles or trailers on site overnight, ensure they are locked and further secured with a wheel clamp or steering lock in the case of a car.  

Please notify Police if you see any suspicious activity.


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Suspicious vehicle



A vehicle known to be used by prolific property crime offenders has been seen in the local area. Offenders target tools from vehicles or building sites and are active day and night. 


Red 2000 Mazda CAPELLA Stationwagon, reg. JSG 213

Please contact Police if you see this vehicle.


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Do you recognise this man or vehicle?



The images below show an offender who has broken into a local business on two occasions: Sunday 12 March and again this morning, both times between 7.30am - 8.15am. On the first occasion he stole a secure document bin and today broke into a locked key box with a view to accessing secured areas.

The offender is a young Caucasian with short fair hair of medium height and slim build. He is driving a metallic blue Toyota IST, registration FFP 931.

If you have information about this offender or his vehicle, please contact the police quoting file number 170314/0400.



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Theft from Neales Road



Below is a video showing an offender stealing a white GT Helion Full Suspension Mountain Bike from a Neales Road property on Wednesday 8th February.  The person in the video is believed to be of Pacific Island or Maori descent, approximately 5.7”.

This person has subsequently been seen several times around the same area – always around late afternoon and could possibly work locally.



If you recognise this person please contact Police on 09 261 1300 quoting file #1702089785.

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Trailer stolen



A GETBA member has reported that a trailer was stolen from their yard on Trugood Drive on either Monday or Tuesday night this week. The theft took place whilst the member was working late onsite.  The trailer is quite unique, with all stainless construction and removable ply sides. Registration is 3T203, year is 2015

Please contact Police if you see the trailer or saw anything suspicious in the vicinity. 

NB: All vehicles left onsite overnight should be locked, wheel clamped or fitted with a steering lock.


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Security: A reminder



Police have advised that there has been a recent spate of theft from vehicles in the local area, and an increase in truck batteries being stolen in neighbouring areas.

Don't make it easy for thieves! Please remember to remove all valuables and bags from vehicles and ensure that you secure your yard and trucks. For more information on how to do this, check out our Security Resources.


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Suspicious individuals



Two men were seen acting suspiciously at a business on Neilpark Drive yesterday around 5.30pm. One male entered the building under the pretence of purchasing food and when confronted, he ran off.

Both men are of Pacific Island or Maori descent in their mid-20's. The male who entered the business was wearing a grey cap and hoody, is approx. 1.75m tall with short, curly black hair and a moustache.

They were driving a 1998 silver Toyota Altezza with a spoiler, registration plate GKL269. 

Please notify Police if you see these men or this vehicle.


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