How do I report Theft, Burglary or Robbery?
In general terms, if something is stolen it’s a theft. Thefts are classified depending on where the item was stolen from and how it was stolen.
Theft(s) that can be reported online at 105.police.govt.nz are:
- Shoplifting (theft from shop or petrol drive off). When something is stolen from a shop during opening hours and in a public place. (Note: If the shop is closed, or the item was stolen from a restricted area (e.g. staff only) this is a burglary and should be reported to your local Police station or call us on 105)
- Theft from a vehicle (when the vehicle is parked in a public place such as a public car park or street)
- General theft (theft from a public place or private property by someone invited to the property)
Further classifications are explained in general terms below. Please note these are not the legal definitions but provided to help you make decisions about what and how to report.
A burglary is when someone enters a building or fenced (enclosed) yard/section without the owner’s permission to commit a crime, most commonly to steal something.
If someone has broken into your house or fenced (enclosed) yard/section and stolen something, this is a burglary and should be reported to your local Police station or call us on 105.
If someone has broken into your car while it has been parked in your driveway/section and stolen something, this is a burglary and should be reported to your local Police station or call us on 105.
Important: If you think the burglar may still be in your home, do not go inside – contact Police immediately by calling 111.
A robbery is when someone steals something from you using force or by threatening you - if it’s just happened call 111 immediately - otherwise call us on 105.