More police and corporal punishment are suggested solutions after a rampage in Kaikohe.
NZ Herald: Police nab one teen after rampage in Kaikohe
The weekend’s trouble started on Friday when about half a dozen youths walked into The Shed liquor store on Marino Court and walked out with about 10 boxes of beer.
Police tracked them to a party on Shaw St but with just two officers, and the adults at the party defending the youths, there was little they could do, Taylor said.
At about 1am on Saturday, a group of about 20 youngsters tried to break into the Mobil service station.
Taylor said the group was like “a pack of deranged animals” trying to kick in the doors and throwing rocks at the glass.
They did not get in but caused about $1000 of damage to the iwi-owned service station.
Taylor said there weren’t enough police in the district to handle such situations.
People are understandably concerned and frustrated but it is simply not feasible to have enough police numbers available in small towns around the clock to deal with occasional incidents like this.
At the time of the attempted break-in at Mobil, police were attending incidents in Waipapa, Kerikeri and Kawakawa, as well as a crash at Oromahoe.
A sergeant and one other officer were in Kaikohe and police reached the service station three minutes after the first 111 call, Symonds said.
There will always be times that the police struggle to cope, especially with major incidents in relatively remote areas.
On Friday night most staff were deployed to Paihia and Kerikeri because that was where problems were expected.
And they can’t accurately guess where the problems will occur.
A 13-year-old has been apprehended by police after a group of youths – some thought to be as young as 11 – went on a rampage; helping themselves to boxes of beer from a liquor store and trying to smash their way into a service station.
The ages of those involved must be a real worry.
The chair of the National Party’s Kaikohe branch, Alan Price, said systems were not in place to deal with growing drug use and young people running riot in his town and others.
“Whilst we need more police, there’s a bigger underlying problem here,” he said.
Mr Price told Morning Report the solution was to put corporal punishment back into schools.
Though the do-gooders would not like it, something needed to be done, he said.
“You can’t raise children without discipline and we’re getting into the situation where we’ve got an uncontrollable rat race that you can’t do anything with in this country.
“Until we stand up to it and do something about it and change the law that means you can discipline somebody for something they do wrong – to me it is a form of child abuse not to raise a child with discipline.”
Discipline – yes, but the country has moved on from using physical violence to try and teach children not to be violent.
I don’t know what Price’s party connections were highlighted, this is presumably his person reaction, not party policy.
The MP for Northland, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, said the catch-and-release principle for young offenders had to change if youth crime in the area was to be curbed.
He said the number of charges had fallen despite a rise in criminal offences. “If you’re going to have discipline, then you’ve going to have to ensure that rather than have a catch and release policy, like some game fishing outfit, we actually charge these people with crimes, and we’re not doing it.”
Is Peters suggesting catch and imprison?
Once again people are rushing to offer simplistic solutions to complex problems.
The Kaikohe community needs to work together on how to address this problem. Their youths were vandalising their own community’s property.