Dodgy Neighbourhood Happenings

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9 years 5 months ago #34030 by daerfamily
A couple of weeks before christmas, I saw a white car pull up our neighbours driveway, a young woman got out and walked around (the neighbours weren't home), she then got back in the car, drove down their driveway and up ours. The person driving the car stopped halfway between where our house drive starts and the line of the orchard, the woman got out, jumped over our fence and as she did this she saw me.

She then said 'I'm just checking the power'. She went into the pump shed and popped out again about 1 second later. I didn't think anything of this until the following week when the ACTUAL power meter reader came by in his official car with his tag on his shirt, parked by the front door, waved to me and walked across the lawn to the pump shed.

I called trustpower a few days later to ask them about the first person, they didn't know anything about it.

I then spoke to the neighbours and told them all about it, they have been keeping an eye out and lo and behold the same car parked down the driveway last week ... so they got the numberplate.

THEN, TODAY the same car parked down the driveway by the letterboxes, my neighbour saw them jumped in his car and they took off down the road swerving etc, then they turned around and parked on the opposite side of the road. Now this house across the road just happens to be for sale, and it turns out that they had a viewing appointment just now ... so I went and spoke with the estate agent who in turn spoke with them.

NOW, either its two different people and they both had a white car .... or they got spooked and made up a story and then a viewing time with the agent ... or they genuinely want to buy that house.

What does everyone make of this? There have been several reports in the area of lamb theft etc ... and it has prompted us all to padlock our gates as it only takes one open gate, as you all know, to lose all your animals. Our house is not alarmed, but I am tempted to get some stickers up to make it look like it is .. but our shed has no doors on it and all our stuff is in there, like ride on mower etc (no key though we keep that inside) but all our other things, expensive weed eater, sprayer, even hay and firewood.

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9 years 5 months ago #450008 by belinda_h
Give numberplate to police and tell them what you've seen.

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9 years 5 months ago #450009 by Denneaux
Definately pass all that on to the local constable and let them work out whats going on. Could be someone know to them. If it is someone harmless but wierd that can explain what they are doing to the police.

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9 years 5 months ago #450010 by Aquila
Depends in your personality, I'd do the confront and intimidate thing but thats just me.

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9 years 5 months ago #450012 by igor
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Definitely dodgy. As you will now know real meter readers have marked vehicles and uniforms.

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9 years 5 months ago #450013 by Denneaux
I'm definately a "who the hell are you and what do you think you are doing?!" kind of person, but I still report everything to our local policeman. He can run vehicle checks and knock on doors to get to the bottom of things and he encourages us to contact him with anything we see.
Police are there to investigate things, let them work out if its nothing or something.

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9 years 5 months ago #450015 by shad297
Definitely dodgy and I would confront also, take down all details and keep a record and pass on to police.
Nip the buggers' little game in the bud - highly suspicious and if per chance they are innocent then all is good although if they were interested in purchasing the property they would have surely said something to you when they 'pretended to read the meter'.

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9 years 5 months ago #450017 by Aquila
I'd report to police as well. I'm 6'4, kilos and a shift supervisor so used too dealing with unhappy staff. Gives plenty of confidence too demands answers from those that are doing things they shouldn't

Also being in SAR for coming up 10 years I have a good relationship with a number of police in chch.

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9 years 5 months ago #450018 by reggit
Report it to the cops.

Have had a spate of burglaries around area, apparently, same vehicle but noone reported it previous to the actual break ins though they had seen it hanging around. Best safe than sorry...

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9 years 5 months ago #450021 by DiDi
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Report - report - report anything vaguely suspicious to the Police. They want you too.

I did with a vehicle at Bombay and 3 days later some people were arrested in Waiuku rural - guess what? Same vehicle. Just don't even consider that you are not sure - just do it for yourself and all your neighbours' sake. They may even be after the hot water cylinder, stove etc in the For Sale House.

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9 years 5 months ago #450023 by daerfamily
Have called our local constable and left a message for him to call me. It was also dodgy that she drove backwards down our 200m driveway instead of coming into the turning bay and going out forwards!!

DODGY!!

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9 years 5 months ago #450028 by sarniagirl
have a friend who got home with a 3yr old from kindy last week and found a man in her garden.
Apparently he was "just taking cuttings"

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9 years 5 months ago #450043 by Stu_R
Thats why i have a Japanese Akita dog :) .. he will let you in sure .. BUT you will bloody well stay in till Dad gets home and says your allowed to leave :)

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9 years 5 months ago #450048 by muri
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At a previous place of abode, I had rather unpleasant neighbours [understatement really].
Over the summer I thought they must have had cleaners in as my eye flicked across to the rubbish bags being set out on the back deck.
It wasnt until the police turned up to interview me that I found out the house had been stripped of a number of things of value to the residents.
I felt really bad that I hadnt taken any notice of what was happening.
I think keeping in touch with neighbours, informing them when you are away and keeping an eye on their place when they are away is really helpful.
I always tell my neighbours if I am heading off somewhere for an extra day, just so at least they will keep an eye on my stock for me

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9 years 5 months ago #450060 by Aquila

Stu_R;450552 wrote: Thats why i have a Japanese Akita dog :) .. he will let you in sure .. BUT you will bloody well stay in till Dad gets home and says your allowed to leave :)

I have a German Shep melamut cross that does the same thing. Smiles at me when I walk up too the gate with a look what I caught dad.

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