Manmeet Malhotra

PHOTO: Manmeet Malhotra says the looting is still happening. (Source: 1News)

Police received 103 reports of burglaries or theft at flood damaged properties, right across the country, in the month following the Auckland anniversary weekend floods.

That’s according to figures released to 1News under the Official Information Act.

The actual number of flood-hit homes looted may be even higher due to the way crimes are recorded.

For comparison, there were a total of 3830 residential burglaries over the same time period – an increase of 228 compared to last year.

Manmeet Malhotra was forced to flee her West Auckland home when the floods hit.

“We were told it’d be cordoned off, the area would be cordoned off, there will be a police patrol and everything,” she said. “But people did go in there that night.”



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