STU HUS­BAND

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

You would not nor­mally hear me tak­ing a ru­ral per­spec­tive, but I want to ad­dress a wider is­sue around crime.

Since pur­chas­ing my prop­erty in Mor­rinsville two years ago, I have three in­stances of thieves com­ing on to my prop­erty at night, twice to steal large ce­ramic pots from my gar­den and once to prowl around and scope out the prop­erty. I knew they were there be­cause they left the gate open and left a con­tainer be­hind. How long be­fore they gain the con­fi­dence to en­ter the house and help them­selves? I of­ten worry that my be­ing home may not de­ter them.

That is my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and it doesn’t in­clude the graf­fiti that my neigh­bours have been sub­jected to, and a num­ber of lost items I find on my walks, that have been part of rob­beries and other in­ci­dents of crime. Our cur­rent polic­ing sit­u­a­tion in Mor­rinsville is in­ad­e­quate and I sus­pect that this is the sit­u­a­tion for many towns across the Waikato. We have com­mu­nity vol­un­tary groups try­ing to up­hold safety and se­cu­rity, which should be per­formed by the po­lice.

New Zealand First will in­crease po­lice num­bers by 1800 as per 2008 lev­els and will have com­mu­nity sta­tions manned, which will help ad­dress the is­sue of crime in our com­mu­ni­ties. Fi­nally, if you have my pots, I would like them back.

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