Lack of burglar activity pleases police

Monday August 14, 2017 Written by Published in Crime

No burglaries or thefts were reported last weekend – a notable improvement on some recent weekends.


In their regular weekend crime report, a Cook Islands Police Service spokesman thanked the community for keeping their homes and businesses secure over the weekend.

However, the news wasn’t so good when it came to motor vehicle accidents. Police responded to reports of three motor vehicle crashes, all of which occurred within 11 hours of each other on Saturday.

The first was at 12.45 am in Takuvaine, when the driver and passenger of a motorcycle crashed into a wall. However, by the time police reached the scene, both people had fled. Police are still investigating the incident. 

The second accident was reported at 2.48am when a motorcycle passenger jumped off while the bike was moving, sustaining minor injuries.

When police responded to the incident, which occurred outside the Super Brown store, they discovered the injured person was heavily intoxicated.

On Saturday morning at 11.30am a motorcyclist was struck by a car which was pulling on to the main road at Panama, outside the Ocean Fresh store. The rider sustained minor injuries.

Two motorcyclists had their motorcycles confiscated over the weekend after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol. 

A 45-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted by three female relatives at a Ngatangiia residence on Saturday. Police responded to a complaint and are still investigating the incident.

Police also responded to four complaints of excessive noise over the weekend – all of them from Te Au-o-Tonga and Takitumu. Three of the complaints came from the village of Tupapa and one from Ngatangiia.

The complaints were received in the early hours of Sunday morning, and were prompted by noisy gatherings and loud music.

All those involved were warned, parties closed down and abatement notices issued.

Police repeated earlier pleas for island residents to be more considerate of their neighbours when hosting parties or large gatherings.

Note: Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents or previous incidents should call police on 22499. All information will be treated as confidential.



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