Cricket World Cup Security Breach – Five Thefts Before the First Ball is Bowled

Going to the cricket world cup in NZ? lock up your valuables.

Going to the cricket world cup in NZ? lock up your valuables.

New Zealand’s deeply embarrassing crime problem is being down-played (again) after the theft of five ICC laptops in Christchurch.

Authorities are playing down the theft of five Cricket World Cup laptops from an accreditation centre, in an embarrassing security lapse revealed a day before the opening ceremony.

Five Cricket World Cup laptops containing vetting information were stolen from the Christchurch accreditation centre overnight Saturday.

Superintendent Gary Knowles told reporters the laptops were stolen from the guarded Christchurch Netball Centre in Hagley Park…source

Readers may remember Gary Knowles as the “country cop” in charge of the Pike River Mine rescue operation, the one that never happened.

It looks like the accreditation centre wasn’t exactly bristling with security, but Knowles was happy enough with the arrangements…despite the theft of five laptops.

Knowles said police were happy with the security measures in place around the netball centre at the time of the break in, and confirmed at least one security guard was present.

“Police are satisfied that the ICC has had sufficient security in place in the lead up to the Cricket World Cup launch tomorrow.”

He said police were working with ICC and other partners to retrieve the laptops which have been replaced.

When asked if this was an embarrassing blunder just three days from the World Cup opener on Saturday, Knowles refused to answer and referred further questions to Cricket World Cup organisers. source

Also read Security Breach Ahead of Cricket World Cup.

Thefts from sporting events aren’t that unusual in New Zealand. A member of the US rowing team had personal items stolen during the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro and All Blacks often have items of clothing and equipment stolen.

NZ Rugby World Cup 2011 visitors “rich pickings for thieves”

During the Rugby World Cup in 2011 Stuff reported that photographers Barry Aldworth and Christiaan Kotze had almost $10,000 worth of property stolen when their car was broken into at a media shuttle drop off point. They lost  “two computers, bags, peripheral photographic equipment, money, clothes, sunglasses and the tent they had been using for accommodation during their stay… unique Castle Tri-Nations Springbok jackets and clothing” and prescription medication.

Journalists Brendan Nel and Gavin Rich lost an iPod when their car was broken into at the secure underground carp park at the Pullman Hotel  after parking it in the hotel’s secure underground car park in the city centre.

Earlier in the tournament two rugby jerseys were stolen from Argentinian player Juan Manuel Leguizamon. They were shirts given to him by English and Romanian’s players that he’d played against during the pool games. More here

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