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TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2019

With warmer nights upon us, Hawke's Bay Police are advising people to remain vigilant when opening windows overnight.

Inspector Dean Clifford said people should be cautious when attempting to cool their properties and cars, with burglars and thieves active.

He said while keeping doors and windows open is great for staying cool, it can be of interest to those looking for easy and unwelcome access.

Mr Clifford also reminds vehicle owners to be mindful of leaving money and other valuables in open view.

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Boaties are being asked to keep their hulls clean to keep pests out of the regions waters.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council's Alice McNatty says with summer, more boats are coming through and more people are enjoying our marine environment.

She says some of the worst pests we don’t won’t here are the Mediterranean fanworm and Clubbed tunicate because they form dense colonies, which can make it hard for marine biodiversity to survive.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan has a new ‘clean hull’ rule.

Ms McNatty says everyone plays their part in marine biosecurity and keeping our waters safe, and preventing pests coming in here is way easier than trying to get rid of them.