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Worrying Numbers Of Burgalries Must Be Tackled

Worrying Numbers Of Burgalries Must Be Tackled

Burglary is now a thriving industry and the offenders face little risk of ever being caught says New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

“A number of recent incidents have highlighted the fact that no one is safe from the threat of thieves and that police are struggling to respond to burglaries because of staffing shortages or other demands.

“New Zealanders are becoming helpless victims of crime and this government is not doing anything to help solve this serious problem,” said Mr Mark.

“The family of slain pizza delivery man Michael Choy have been through enough trauma without being further victimised by burglars, as has been the case for both his parents and his fiancée recently.

“Burglary is also beginning to affect our tourism industry with three separate touring parties from one small United States town falling victim to New Zealand thieves this year.

“Motor vehicle thefts are a key area where tourists are hit and it appears that there is an alarming trend for these burglaries not to be investigated.

“I have received a number of complaints from people saying that the police are failing to respond to thefts from motor vehicles or even when the vehicles are stolen.

“We all know that burglaries often represent the first step on the path to more serious crime. When is George Hawkins going to sit up and take notice of the people of New Zealand who are crying out to have this growing problem addressed?” asked Mr Mark.

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