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.