A woman is pleading for community leaders to step up, after the theft of her motorbike from a construction site in Arorangi.
Four motorbikes a month are reported stolen in Rarotonga, say police, and as many as eight on occasions.
Liz Hosking’s black and red Honda Wave, rego AAV504, went missing between 1pm to 3pm on Friday. She’s calling on leaders and the community to tackle youth crime.
“Village elders and puna people need to do something about their youths resorting to stealing, and it is getting worse, I am so annoyed.”
If anyone around this area happened to see someone suddenly bring a bike of this description home, she asked that they please call the police or contact her.
She had reported the matter to police and had learned of some sightings of her motorbike, which she was following up.
Theft in Arorangi was getting out of hand: police needed to investigate crime scenes, and the community needed to help each other catch the thieves.
Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the recovery rate of stolen motorbikes was low, but in part that was because Police weren’t told when the bike was located or returned.
The thefts were frequent, there was another motorbike reported stolen on Monday.
The circumstances ranged from leaving the bike in a vulnerable position – like overnight in town outside a nightclub. They were also often stolen from home, where owners left them with the key in the ignition.
Sometimes complacency was to blame, he said.
“We get reports of family members or friends taking bikes without telling the owner. And mistakenly taken from outside shops because someone got on the wrong bike and this was a case that happened last Friday.”