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Government Must Address Violent Crime

1 October 2008

Government Must Address Violent Crime

Violent crime must be a priority for the next government, says New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

Mr Mark’s comments follow this morning’s release of the annual crime statistics for the year ending 30 June, which show that while overall recorded offences have stabilised, violent offences increased by a massive 11%.

“The statistics show what average Kiwis already know – our streets are becoming increasingly violent,” said Mr Mark

“Disappointingly, the Government continues to display its ‘head in the sand’ approach to serious offending by downplaying the increase as nothing more than increased reporting of domestic violence.

“Even so, with an election fast-approaching, no doubt the Government will suddenly start talking tough on the issue, just as they did with gangs earlier in the week.

“New Zealand First acknowledges the lawlessness in our communities, and has a comprehensive plan to deal with it.

“We will ban and eradicate gangs from our communities, declare war on ‘P’ and other drugs, remove serious offenders from the streets with longer sentences.

“We have pledged to put even more police officers on the beat by doubling police numbers from 2005 levels.

“What is positive from the statistics is that they show the 1000 extra frontline officers and 250 support staff added to police ranks by New Zealand First have had a positive effect on resolution rates, with an extra 10,000 crimes solved last year.

“Police must be congratulated for this.

“Fortunately, New Zealanders get to have their say in a few short weeks. If they want to regain the ability to walk the streets without fear, then their choice is easy,” said Mr Mark.

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