Government and Police versus burglaries

The Government is getting more openly involved in trying to combat crime. John Key has written to Asian communities trying to give them reassurances, and Judith Collins has announced that the Police will now attend all reported burglaries to try and improve the 10% rate of solving this insidious crime.

NZ Herald: PM’s open letter after fears of people taking law into own hands

Prime Minister John Key says an open letter he wrote to the Chinese community about burglaries was partly prompted by concerns people would start arming themselves to defend themselves and their property.

Key’s ‘open letter to the Chinese community’ was sent to four Chinese newspapers this week. It was a modified version of a column he wrote for about 30 ethnic media outlets.

Key said it was aimed at reassuring those communities the Government was taking the issue of crime seriously.

He said crime was often raised with him by ethnic communities. High profile burglaries or assaults sometimes prompted concern an ethnic group was vulnerable or being targeted.

Key said he himself had been burgled three or four times “and I know what an invasive and disturbing experience this can be.”

It said Police were now putting more focus on preventing and resolving burglaries and from September 1 would treat it as a priority, including a goal of attending every burglary scene.

“I would like to reassure you National remains as focused as ever on preventing crime and helping to keep our communities safe.”

The Government has been under pressure over low resolution rates for burglaries.

Yesterday Minister Judith Collins announced a greater focus by Police on addressing a major problem with burglaries.

Police take further steps to counter burglary

Police Minister Judith Collins welcomes Police’s decision to attend all house break-ins, which comes into effect today.

While burglary rates are still below that of recent years, there has been an increase over the past 12 months. Police has responded by raising dwelling burglary from a volume crime to a priority offence.

“This shows Police are serious about tackling burglary and also sends a clear message to offenders.”

The new policy sets the expectation of full attendance at dwelling burglaries so the public can now expect either a constabulary or scene of crime officer to attend within a reasonable time.

“Given the nature of policing there will be occasions where they cannot attend a dwelling burglary for a range of reasons, including adhering to the wishes of the victim. However, the Commissioner of Police has made his expectations clear.

“Police have assured me that they continue to make burglary a priority with ongoing work in every district to reduce this crime type while also focusing on increasing resolution rates.”

If police attend all burglaries it will give them more visibility in the community, which may help address other types of crime too.

While not raised here the number of police officers is becoming a bigger issue.

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24 Comments

  1. Keys election bribes will have to be of Clarkeian proportions. Key will announce a couple of thousand more Police, forming a kind of Burglary Flying Squad and I expect to see the same cynical measures applied to the so-called housing “crisis”. His first job needs to be to clip Twyford’s housing-meme wings. Wonder what skeletons he has in the closet ? 😎

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  2. Blazer

     /  30th August 2016

    I agree,rubber Billy will be saving up the bribes for election year.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th August 2016

      Unlike Mr Little with his student loans write-off, done from the goodness of his heart.

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      • Blazer

         /  30th August 2016

        the young are the future.We need to assist them in their education.Who is going to pay for your pension?

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  30th August 2016

          Fair question burning man. I reckon I’ve paid for mine. Cheers,c

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  30th August 2016

            …and one or two others along the way

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          • Blazer

             /  30th August 2016

            I hope you are not going to say by paying tax.If you had a pension savings plan ,well thats different.

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            • Conspiratoor

               /  30th August 2016

              Are you serious. $237.50 a week times the number of weeks I’ve got left if and when I make it to 65

  3. duperez

     /  30th August 2016

    “The Government is getting more openly involved in trying to combat crime.”

    The Government is getting more openly involved in being seen to be seeming to be doing something about trying to combat crime?

    The first stage in the Government getting more openly involved in being seen to be seeming to be doing something about trying to combat crime is to get involved in a flurry of media announcements.

    It would be unfortunate if an impression is created from the publicity generated, that the first stage in the Government getting more openly involved in being seen to be seeming to be doing something about trying to combat crime precipitating the flurry of media attention, is that it is all about currying electoral favour with the Chinese community.

    That’s where Judith is really handy. No, no, not the Chinese links Judith, not the “I got lost on the way to the airport for a casual cup of tea” Judith,” the jackbooted “I am going to stomp out crime” Judith. 🐕

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  30th August 2016

    So the idea is if you are robbed is to say you are Chinese and they will come around in say a weeks time like as before

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    • Certain political factions in NZ have lead to an anti-Chinese feeling and fuelled aggressiveness towards them. The criminal classes, not known for being MENSA members, feel justified in targeting them. It was heartless, cynical, opportunistic, and Labour must carry some blame. I just hope not one ethnic Chinese votes for Labour.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th August 2016

        No, lurch, as so often happens, you have missed the point altogether.

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  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  30th August 2016

    In other words, the Police will start doing the job they should have been doing for decades.

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    • Gezza

       /  30th August 2016

      I wonder whether the Police caught the thieves who burgled the PM. And how long it took for the police to turn up at his place – compared to the average rates for both. It isn’t referred to in the summary of his Open Letter.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th August 2016

        If the thieves left no trace, no fingerprints, no DNA (and neither of these is any use without a match) and weren’t seen, they are no more likely to be caught there than anywhere else. I would be prepared to bet that he wasn’t PM then, anyway. His security now would make a burglary all but impossible.

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  6. Ray

     /  30th August 2016

    I’m curious. Why didn’t you spell out the four letter word that starts with C? Given the shirt is on public display with not only the word, but the illustration, what’s so bad about including the word in your article?

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  7. Ray

     /  30th August 2016

    Lol. The prime minister has been burgled 3 or 4 times -but don’t worry he knows how to protect you! That 10% rate of solving burglaries may leap to 15% or even 20% Just don’t expect they’ll be able to follow up on EVERY burglary. ARM YOURSELVES NOW! Your government is run by an imbecile.

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    • I’m seeing imbecile, but it’s not the PM

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th August 2016

        Ditto. Nobody can trace a burglar who leaves nothing to trace them by. Good luck finding a burglar who leaves no fingerprints or DNA and has the sense to do it when there’s no one looking so that the police have no idea what they look like.

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  8. Ray

     /  30th August 2016

    I missed the part about “becoming more openly involved in combatting crime”.

    Someone has gotten so into Socialist wealth redistribution (stealing) they forgot the primary purpose of government is to fight crime and defend borders.

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  9. We do need more Policemen and women because of the change in the levels of property crimes and violence in New Zealand. We need to accept tough action by individual police persons against the loudmouthed baiters using threats of video cams to make the police look bad. The liberal socialists who attack police integrity at the drop of a hat need to understand they re the problem not the solution. If our Judiciary showed more respect for our police and backed them up we would see and hear plain talking about the need for a lot of people to get a new life and support the police. Try and listen som time to the taunting from the doped up immature when police are around at closing time etc and think about how you would respond to personal insults in a like situation. I have nothing but total support for the job Police are trying to do, it is a pity our lawyers and Judges do not support them.

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    • Blazer

       /  30th August 2016

      The Police mainly spend their time on traffic matters and raising revenue by writing tickets.Put them back on the beat and property crime will plummet.

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  10. perfect timing for cannabis users calling on a moratorium of that wasted resource…. 150 million worth of police work (or at least some of it) going towards burglaries instead?

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    • Zedd

       /  30th August 2016

      @SLB

      indeed..
      btw; $150mil is the estimated annual tax take that it could earn the govt… the same report said they currently WASTE : $400mil on ‘the WAR on weed’.. would be better spent on real CRIME ie house robbery etc. :/

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