Take More Thank Long Sentences To Cut Crime
Longer sentences to discourage offending sound sensible, but it takes more than longer sentences to reduce crime.
In business, risk is of paramount importance. Risk is the product of both consequence and likelihood of occurrence.
Similarly, criminals consider both the length of sentence and the risk of getting caught. If you know you won’t get caught, the length of the sentence is irrelevant.
In Auckland, the risk of criminals getting caught is unacceptably low. If I report a burglary, even if I tell the the police who was responsible and where they live, they are too busy to investigate.
Without the risk of getting caught, burglary becomes a safe nine-to-five job.
We need more police on the ground in Auckland and we don’t mind paying. If we don’t pay the money to the police, we will pay it to the insurers.
Michael Williams – Howick Auckland NZ