A crime problem moved, not cut?

An odd report from the ODT: One family’s departure expected to cut crime

The departure from Wanaka of a single family is expected to improve the town’s crime statistics.

Speaking at the public forum of the Wanaka Community Board on Wednesday, Sergeant Aaron Nicholson, of Wanaka…mentioned a family, whom he did not name, which had made a “significant contribution to crime” but had recently left town.

As a result, he said, police expected to see a reduction in crime in Wanaka.

Not only had the family gone but also their “associates”.

Unless they have all moved to a secure location like the Milton Hilton then it’s likely the crime problem has just moved, not been cut.

From things I have heard it may not be uncommon for small town police to encourage people associated with crime not to settle into a town or to move out.

It may be easier to move a problem than solve a problem, but this just makes them someone else’s problems – just a change of town and a change of potential victims.

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  1. Gezza

     /  10th June 2016

    He did not say where the family had moved.

    Piss poor. Wonder why he didn’t say? The papers published the name of the “human crime wave” deported back here from Australia so if the family members have convictions that shouldn’t have been a problem. If they were moving in to my area I’d want to know.

    Luckily the human crime wave (Patricia Toia) seems to cleaned up her act since she arrived – good on her & I hope she stays that way.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/74688241/Human-crime-wave-Patricia-Toia-Australia-did-me-a-favour-by-deporting-me

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  10th June 2016

      He didn’t say that the police had encouraged them, and I can’t see them doing this-they’d know that the problem was just being shifted. How could they encourage them or oblige them to move or stay ?

      There’s a family in my home town, career petty criminals for generations, who would make crime plummet there if they all moved. When I was looking at houses there, I asked a friend what X St was like. ‘The S………..s live in the next one.’ I didn’t bother to go and look at the house, much as I liked the look of it.

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  2. duperez

     /  10th June 2016

    Is the ODT report “odd” because it portrays openness and honesty?

    The departure will mean other citizens of the district are likely to have less stress in their lives. The departure will mean the local and area crime stats will be lower on the tallying up /checklists/whatever, which undoubtedly have to be reported on up the chain.

    Being easier to move a problem than solve it is probably right but it also begs the questions “what would it take to to solve the problem and who is going to do that?”

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  3. Klik Bate

     /  10th June 2016

    Or in this case – A CRIME PROBLEM SOLVED.

    http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/man-shot-paeroa-update-1

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    • Blazer

       /  10th June 2016

      another one shot…in the leg!

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      • Gezza

         /  10th June 2016

        Man shot dead in Paeroa ‘terrorised neighbourhood’:
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/80923765/shooting-in-paeroa

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      • Gezza

         /  10th June 2016

        Partner says police shot victim in the back
        The partner of the man shot dead in Paeroa on Friday morning says he was walking away from police and they shot him in the back.
        “He had nothing in his hands,” Natalie Avery said on Friday afternoon about her partner of 19 years, Mike Taylor.
        “He had his f—ing back to them. And he had his hands up in the air.

        Avery said she called the police on Friday morning because Taylor was acting aggressively.She now wishes she hadn’t.
        “No one in my position should ever call the police for help. I have to live with it.”

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/80923765/shooting-in-paeroa

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  4. Gezza

     /  10th June 2016

    My favourite car burglar of all time. Surrendered himself within a couple of days of this hi-res security cam footage being released by the Porirua police.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/6291000/Sock-man-wanted-by-Porirua-police

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  10th June 2016

      There was a small town near where I lived that was being hit by petty crime. The local men somehow organised a signal, so that the next time something happened, they’d all pile out, which they did. The terrified criminals were confronted by a mob of angry men in whatever they’d happened to be sleeping in (nothing in some cases) and fled in their car. The posse couldn’t stop them, but had the presence of mind to bust all the car windows to make the car easily recognisable by the cops. What great thinking.

      Do you remember the fool who left his name, address and phone number in a record shop which had sold out of the CD that he wanted and then reached over and emptied the till when he thought himself unobserved-in full view of the CCTV camera ?

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      • Gezza

         /  10th June 2016

        Yes I do remember that case now that you mention it. Another criminal member of m

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  5. Gezza

     /  10th June 2016

    … ensa.

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  6. Conspiratoor

     /  10th June 2016

    Recall a local cop telling me 80% of the crime in our town, population 50k, was caused by 25 extended ‘families’. So by derivation we could reduce crime by 80% simply by moving a few ferals to the Auckland islands

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    • Blazer

       /  10th June 2016

      just a few families’ are indeed responsible for the most heinous crimes throughout the world.

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