Mangawhai Police are investigating a spate of commercial and residential burglaries across the area, and are urging residents and property owners to be extra vigilant.
In the past few weeks several residential properties have been burgled, with thieves targeting fishing rods and reels, dive tanks and diving wetsuits, lifejackets, and outboard motors.
In some instances the property has been taken from garages and sheds, and police would urge people to alarm these outbuildings in addition to their main dwelling if possible.
In one particular burglary, several unique paintings of VW vans and VW model cars in various NZ locations were stolen, as well as a Taylor T5 C12 (a distinctive 12 string acoustic electric guitar), two off-set dive bottles and power tools.
Constable Garth Mackay says several commercial burglaries have also happened in the area.
"A cash float and some food items have been stolen from local liquor stores and the Four Square in the past few weeks, and while we're investigating these crimes, it's a timely reminder for the people of Mangawhai to be extra cautious and keep their eyes peeled for unusual behaviour.
"This type of crime is relatively uncommon in Mangawhai and we're heavily reliant on public help, so if anyone does see anything that appears out-of-the-ordinary – a suspicious car for example – take down the number plate and a description of the person, and call us immediately."
Police are also reminding people of the importance of serial number recording.
"Make sure you mark your property with unique identifiers, or record the serial numbers on the SNAP website - it could be the difference between getting your property back if it does get stolen and the police recover it," says Constable Mackay.
■ Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.