Strip Your Cars in Napier – Motorists Being Hit Hard by Thieves

Napier and Bay

Police have told Napier car owners to empty their vehicles


If you’re planning a trip to Napier strip your vehicle of anything valuable. That’s the message that’s being put out by today police who say the town has been hit hard by thieves. There has been more than one theft per day this month.

A major spike in thefts from cars in Napier, especially in the central city area, has led to a “take everything out” warning to owners from police.

“The Napier central shopping area has been hit hard,” Hawkes Bay Police Inspector Andy Sloane said.

There had been 19 thefts from cars recorded in the city already this month – most in the central area and the lower level of Tiffen Carpark in Tennyson St had become a prime target…

While there is no designated security camera system at the Tiffin park, that was set to change.

Council chief executive Wayne Jack said a project to install security cameras at the city’s main parking areas was now under way. Cameras had been installed at the Marine Parade park and were now operational, he said.

“Based on the success of this installation further installs are likely – including a system at the Tiffin multilevel carpark.” source

Whilst there is a traditional spike in thefts from vehicles this time of year, we’re also convinced that rising poverty is a major reason for the increase in crime.