Po­lice work on drugs re­vealed by statis­tics

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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