Police work on drugs revealed by statistics
A 234 per cent increase in drug offences in the Kapiti-Mana police district between 2013 and 2014 should please residents more than concern them, the area’s top policeman says.
Combating drugs used a lot of police resources, Inspector Paul Basham said, but it was paying off because 1002 drug crimes were recorded in 2014, compared to just 300 in 2013.
‘‘We’re being very proactive on drugs and organised crime,’’ he said.
‘‘You’ve got to think that when we bowl over a tinnie house or meth supplier and charge them, it creates a lot of statistics.
‘‘But that doesn’t mean that drug use in Porirua or Kapiti is on the rise – we’re just paying much more attention.’’
Reacting to the release of the 2014 crime statistics, Basham said there was a lot to be pleased about, but plenty to work on.
There were 8714 recorded crimes in the Kapiti-Mana district – which stretches from Linden to Peka Peka – last year, up 22.5 per cent from the 7111 offences in 2013.
In both years, 43 per cent of all crimes were solved.
Basham said 2013 was statistically ‘‘a quiet year’’ in terms of crime, but 2014 was a lot more work for police staff.
Of the 1079 burglary and breakins logged with police, up 17 per cent from 2013, just 13.8 per cent were solved.
That’s better than in the Hutt Valley, Wellington and Kapiti, but not good enough for Basham.
‘‘It hasn’t been a great year for burglaries and car crimes and we need to get better in this.
‘‘My staff are working hard and it’s tough for them because some of it comes back to those messages we continue to push about locking up your house and your car, and securing your valuables. ‘‘We need people to help us out.’’ Accurate and increased reporting on domestic violence would always be a priority for Kapiti-Mana Police, Basham said.
A reduced number of car accidents, sexual assaults, fraud and public disorder offences was great news, Basham said.
A rise in theft, robbery, assaults and drug crime kept police in the district busy, however.
‘‘We’re not getting the street violence we’ve had in the past.
‘‘If we get a homicide, that can soak up resources and we had that in 2014.
‘‘Our work against drugs and on family violence is having a real impact.’’