Rental checks vital
Police are putting out a warning for landowners to be diligent with background checks when interviewing possible renters for their properties.
Mangawhai’s Senior Constable Graham Gough says there is a number of dubious characters arriving in Mangawhai, some already known to police, who are bringing an influx of crime to the area.
“We just want to urge people before they rent their property out to ask for at least two references and contact details of previous landowners or land agents,” Gough says.
“Some renters have been known to send the most presentable person around so don’t be fooled by a pretty young solo mother. Arrange to meet all the people who are applying to rent and do regular checks on the property once renters have moved in.”
Albert Street was the scene of two burglaries in early July. A large flat-screen TV, gaming console and assorted items were taken from one address and a caravan was broken into and a weed-eater stolen from another. Police say the thefts were ‘in all probability related’.
The man charged with breaking and entering local business, Raw Milk, on June 18 has ended up back in court on breaching his bail conditions as well as facing additional charges. The man was residing at a property in Langs Beach when the breach occurred and police say he is ‘on their radar’.
Traffic on watch
Checking for drivers speed and driving behavior is still ongoing says Senior Constable Graham Gough, who says police from Wellsford to Whangarei are aware of Mangawhai’s reputation as ‘a spot to let your guard down’ when it comes to travelling on the country’s roads.
“However, the rule is, if you can’t do it in Auckland, you can’t do it in Mangawhai,” he warns.
- REPORTING/Julia Wade