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Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - HIGH­LAND PARK/BUCK­LANDS BEACH COM­MU­NITY CON­STA­BLE KEVIN DENG

Red Vic­tims is the name po­lice have for high-risk or re­peat vic­tims. These vic­tim­i­sa­tions could be fam­ily harm, vol­ume crime (bur­glar­ies, thefts), as­saults, fraud, any type of of­fend­ing against a per­son – or a com­bi­na­tion of them all.

Re­peat vic­tim­i­sa­tions are not iso­lated to any par­tic­u­lar race of peo­ple (for ex­am­ple, hand­bag thefts in the Asian com­mu­nity), nor are re­peat vic­tim­i­sa­tions com­mon in one par­tic­u­lar res­i­den­tial area of Coun­ties Manukau. Vic­tim­i­sa­tion is most cer­tainly not linked to lower so­cioe­co­nomic com­mu­ni­ties.

Po­lice utilise a vic­tim score, which is cal­cu­lated from a com­bi­na­tion of the num­ber of vic­tim­i­sa­tions and the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fences they re­late to, to iden­tify those most at risk.

This vic­tim score can in­crease or de­crease over time and is mon­i­tored us­ing a ‘‘traf­fic light sys­tem’’. A vic­tim may move from green to am­ber and then to red, be­fore re­turn­ing back to am­ber or green.

Po­lice have put a sub­stan­tial amount of re­sources into Red Vic­tims to pro­vide one-on-one, spe­cific crime preven­tion advice.

This de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance is de­signed to as­sist a vic­tim, so that they’re equipped with in­for­ma­tion and the tools to stop them from be­ing re­vic­timised, and be able to feel safe within their com­mu­nity.

Po­lice will work with the Red Vic­tim, re­fer them to sup­port agen­cies such as Vic­tim Sup­port, WINZ, Women’s Refuge or other sup­port agen­cies, dis­cuss re­cent of­fend­ing with neigh­bours (in case of re­peat bur­glar­ies, for ex­am­ple), and ba­si­cally en­sure that a lo­ca­tion is tar­get-hard­ened so that it is not an easy tar­get for of­fend­ers.

In cases of fam­ily harm (no longer called fam­ily vi­o­lence), po­lice will re­fer to sup­port agen­cies who will pro­vide coun­selling and as­sis­tance if Tem­po­rary Pro­tec­tion Or­ders and/or Par­ent­ing Or­ders are re­quired.

Po­lice will also en­sure that fam­ily harm vic­tims are re­ceiv­ing the sup­port of WINZ, Hous­ing NZ, etc, and en­sure that they and their chil­dren are safe from their of­fend­ers, es­pe­cially if/when they are re­leased from prison.

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