Storefront knife display cuts local to the quick
A local business selling knives is not contributing to the risk of armed crime in Porirua, its owner says.
Pete’s Emporium on Parumoana St sells hunting and cookery knives of varying sizes, displayed in a large glass-front cabinet near the counter.
A member of the public approached Kapi-Mana News recently with concerns about its prominent display, but Pete’s Emporium owner Pete Bunn says knives are available at plenty of local shops, where they are not as securely displayed as they are at his.
‘‘Kitchen knives are actually the sharpest and Briscoes sells them, they’re not behind a cabinet either.’’
A CBD office worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was ‘‘horrified’’ to see Pete’s Emporium prominently displaying knives after her office suffered two attempted robberies in three months.
‘‘People who buy hunting weapons do so from proper hunting shops. The only people that will buy these knives will be doing so to commit crime or threaten people,’’ the worker said.‘‘My concern is, next time these thugs come back to rob us, they’ll be armed with knives.’’
The woman’s workplace, an office above street level in the CBD, has been targeted by young burglars during working hours twice this winter. The second incident turned into a verbal and physical altercation with a female staff member. Police have caught one of the offenders, who was sentenced to 40 hours’ community service.
‘‘I’m not against the shop making money, but I, along with many Porirua residents, do not feel these are products we want sold in our city, which is already plagued with crime,’’ the worker said.
The worker complained to police in late August about the knife display.
Mr Bunn says the police had not approached him about a complaint.
Knives are sold safely at the shop, he says. Customers have to be over 18 to buy knives and senior staff make a judgment call whether to sell knives to individuals.