The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, but for some it can come with unexpected loss and frustration. Tiffany Firth, chef and owner of Wānaka business Tiritiri Kitchen, woke up on December 28 to discover two ebikes were stolen from her home’s garage in Beacon Hill.
The ebikes belonged to Firth’s mother, with the family having enjoyed frequently using them over the holiday period. “It’s very disappointing you know, isn’t it?” Firth says. “The police think its an opportunist thing, someone might have just taken them and they might find them in town a week later, abandoned when they’ve run out of battery, if they were really proper thieves they would have taken all the other stuff.”
The ebikes were the only item stolen and were parked in a garage with the main access closed but one door slightly ajar; a mistake that Firth has been quick to correct. One car was inside the garage at the time, with another parked in front of the door. Firth says, “It wouldn’t have been easy for them to do it, it wasn’t like [the garage] was right on the road and they could go right in. They sort of had to go in past the driveway and squeeze past the cars to get in there.”
Ebikes typically cost around $2500, and Firth and her family anxiously await news of their whereabouts. In the meantime, Firth posted her frustration on Facebook where a lot of other locals chimed in with similar experiences. One called this time of year “silly season” with predictions thefts will rise over the coming weeks.
Police advise to always lock doors and garages, and keep an eye out for your neighbours.