The numbers out for retail crime this year make you weep.
In the three months to the end of April, there were 45,046 retail crimes reported.
Police attended 1 in 10 of them and made 1041 arrests.
That’s why we have a surge in retail crime.
The crims know they will get away with it. The spokesman for the Dairy Owners Association Sonny Kaushal said on Newstalk ZB that even as recently as 2015, there was a 50/50 chance of the offender being caught.
Now there’s a 97.7 percent chance the offender will get away.
Even the Police Association, the cops trade union, knows there’s a major problem.
They know that overall crime is up 22 percent in the last year, and they want more police out there doing something about it.
The Association is very suspicious about the number of people working at National Headquarters, and not on the frontline.
Even then, isn’t there way too much emphasis on traffic policing?
I live in the country, about 20 kilometres from the nearest town. Yet I reckon every trip I make to Cromwell, no matter the time of day, I will either encounter a patrol car coming the other direction or parked up on the side of the road with the radar on trying to ping a driver on a high quality state highway with low vehicle density for doing a few kilometres over the speed limit.
It’s an inefficient waste of resources.
Yes do traffic patrol a couple of days a week but why not put those cops on the beat somewhere? Make them present, make them visible on the country’s streets.
If we only catch 2 percent of the country’s retail criminals, how close are we to anarchy?
Peter Williams was a writer and broadcaster for half a century. Now watching from the sidelines. Peter blogs regularly on Peter’s Substack where this article was sourced.