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Victims vs criminals in sticker campaign debate

Brian Neeson Opposition Police spokesman

7 April 2000

Victims vs criminals in sticker campaign debate

Car theft is rife in Auckland and car owners would welcome the Christchurch yellow sticker campaign if it works, says Opposition Police spokesman Brian Neeson.

"Car owners are sick and tired of young punks stealing their cars. They already pay high premiums for insurance but that doesn't stop the thieves. They want an easy, cheap way to protect their property.

"If the yellow sticker campaign in Christchurch works then the Government should get it up to Auckland and not give in to the bleats of discrimination from the Youth Affairs Minister, Laila Harre.

"Ms Harre is off the wall if she thinks the sticker campaign is discrimination. This is political correctness gone mad.

"The only people discriminated against by the sticker are the thieves that have less cars to choose from. Are these the people Ms Harre is supporting?

"We should be encouraging any initiative that helps reduce crime. The yellow triangle sticker is a simple, cost effective crime-fighting tool. This Government is showing signs that it will be soft on criminals and will forget about the rights of victims of crime," Mr Neeson said.


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