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NZ no safer than it was 20 years ago

NZ no safer than it was 20 years ago

Despite the Government’s claims, no one believes New Zealand is a safer place than it was 20 years ago, says National’s police spokesman, Tony Ryall.

“Drug crime is still rising relentlessly. Today’s police crime statistics hide the seedy reality of what is happening on our streets,” he says.

“Methamphetamine cases are up almost 30% in the past year, which goes hand-in-glove with increased grievous and serious assaults. Since 2000, hard-drug offences have doubled.

“Grievous assaults in the police minister’s own electorate have gone up 22% since he was put in charge.

“Much of the reduction in crime this year comes from fewer reported thefts, frauds and car thefts. The public has given up reporting these to the police. Shopkeepers and drivers know the police do not have the time to investigate these.

“Less than a quarter of thefts are ever resolved, so people ask ‘what’s the point’?

“I would like to acknowledge the work of New Zealand policemen and policewomen who are doing their best under quite difficult conditions.” Mr Ryall says.

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