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Police: Watch out for holiday crimewave
4:00AM Wednesday Dec 17, 2008
By Beck Vass

Police and the Insurance Council are warning New Zealanders to brace for a summer holiday crimewave.

Council figures show claims - including burglaries and car thefts - total $250 million a year, or more than $475 every minute.

An AA Insurance Home Security Index survey yesterday showed a 20 per cent increase in burglary claims on last year for the three months to November.

The company would not reveal the number of burglaries in that time, saying it was "sensitive" information, but deputy general manager Martin Fox said the rise was significant.

The AA survey interviewed 1567 people aged between 18 and 75 and found that 44 per cent sometimes leave home without turning on a burglar alarm.

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