Horowhenua Nana Cars in Demand

October 13, 2017


Thieves on the hunt for so-called nana cars are hitting heartland New Zealand - where rising numbers of Mazda Demio are being stolen in Horowhenua.


Central District Police say they have noticed a marked increase in vehicle thefts over the past few months, particularly small, non-descript hatchback cars popular with pensioners.


Senior Sergeant Steve Crawford said the thefts follow a trend across the country.


Until 2015, the number of Demio's stolen had been in the single figures. But, in the 12 months between February 2016 and February 2017, 55 had been stolen - a number that has climbed even higher in the eight months since.


Intelligence analyst Olivia Cleaver says the cars were seen as an easy target without the immobilisers or security features of newer vehicles.


She says the cars had also been featured in the video game, Grand Theft Auto, which could mean they were perceived as cool nana cars.


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