Police say leaving valuables and expensive property lying about, exposed to anyone lurking or passing by, is a risk not worth taking. Police Media/23012211
Incidents of reported theft in 2022 ended the year at half the total it was in 2015 and 65 per cent lower than that recorded in 2010, say Cook Islands Police.
year’s total was 126 (a second-equal low with 2020) while in 2010, Police
recorded 356 reported cases.
to Police: “The significant decline in reported cases is due to a range of
issues, including better awareness around the security of valuable items such
as phones and electronics, as well as cash.”
is also a degree of probability that some incidents go unreported. But overall,
the pattern over the past 20+ years has been one of steady decline.”
growth and increasing affluence have brought higher levels of travel and
consumption of goods, police say.
greater sense of value now revolves around personal belongings, which can
motivate better security measures and improved care.
casual attitudes lie below the surface and complacency often results in a sharp
wake up call about the safety of the Rarotonga environment. Leaving valuables and expensive property
lying about, exposed to anyone lurking or passing by, is a risk not worth
taking. Wallets and purses, phones,
speakers, brand clothing, and jewelry. Keep your items close, and
supervised. All the time. Otherwise learn fast from the lessons