Crime brings ex­perts out in full force

South Taranaki Star - - YOUR RACE, YOUR PACE - CH­ESTER BOR­ROWS

Most peo­ple who live in New Zealand be­lieve we live in a peace­ful and safe coun­try.

That view may be coloured from time to time if there is a bur­glary or an at­tack that is a lit­tle close to home. There may be a skewed view in per­sonal cir­cum­stances when one is in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship, but gen­er­ally we tend to think we’d rather live here than any­where else when it comes to per­sonal safety and lev­els of crime.

We have far fewer bur­glar­ies than we did when po­lice staff num­bers were higher even though there has been a re­cent in­crease. There are fewer drunken street as­saults than be­fore the al­co­hol re­forms, but do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is slightly higher.

The newer, post 2008 ini­tia­tives, against crime are work­ing bet­ter than ex­pected, al­though are not sil­ver bul­lets.

Counter to that is the view of those who tend to think that the world is go­ing to hell in a hand cart and that in­cludes lev­els of crime, along with politi­cal cor­rect­ness, over-sen­si­tiv­ity, ed­u­ca­tion and health, which are ap­par­ently all turn­ing to cus­tard. None of this stacks up sta­tis­ti­cally by the way.

But when it comes to law and or­der, ev­ery­one is an ex­pert, and they love bad news when it comes to the jus­tice sec­tor.

The scream goes up that we need more po­lice, yet we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing lower and lower lev­els of crime.

Po­lit­i­cally though, we are see­ing the rise and rise of fear about crime and we are see­ing the peren­nial law and or­der big red but­ton be­ing pushed by politi­cal par­ties.

The win­dow of con­sen­sus about smart and prac­ti­cal re­sponses to crime is shut­ting. Labour wants to grab some trac­tion and look like an al­ter­na­tive govern­ment so talk­ing tough on crime. Na­tional wants to re­tain is talk­ing tough on crime. New Zealand First want­ing to keep the votes of the older and in­se­cure is talk­ing tough on crime.

Sen­si­ble so­lu­tions are not pop­u­lar with vot­ers. They want their hell-in-a-hand­cart per­cep­tions con­firmed. Vot­ers want peo­ple locked up for longer, but don’t want to pay for it. They want crime to come down, but don’t want to fund the cost of proven and prac­ti­cal sen­tences that bring crime down.

For about eight years the ma­jor politi­cal par­ties have agreed with aca­demics and prac­ti­tion­ers about deal­ing with crime and crim­i­nals.

Now the pol­i­tics is get­ting in the way of rea­son.

The need to get elected will over­take ra­tio­nal­ity be­cause ‘if it bleeds it leads’ as they say in the me­dia. So pro­file-hun­gry politi­cians will be front and cen­tre with a line on ev­ery vi­o­lent of­fence or so­cial tragedy, with their fin­ger poised over that big red ‘tough on crime but­ton’.

The sad news re­ceived from the Min­is­ter of De­fence that Sergeant O M Young of Otakeho was killed in ac­tion in France.

Among the names of those re­cently killed in ac­tion was Pri­vate E Duff of Te Roti.

Harold Bates of Eltham, name also ap­peared on the list of those killed in ac­tion. Pri­vate Ed­ward Parker (Haw­era), Pri­vate A J Leatherby aged 22 (Haw­era), Pri­vate W C Hill (Manaia), E Walsh (Eltham), M J Clar­idge (Haw­era), Mer­son Brett (Haw­era), John Holmes Crighton (Haw­era), Cor­nelius Alen Volk­ert (Ngaere), B Warner (Opunake) and David Ste­wart (Manaia).

Lo­cal River­lea boy ’’Teddy’’ Quinn was re­ported wounded. He was in the 13th Re­in­force­ments. Gun­ner W H Franks also of River­lea was wounded.

Mr W D Ross of Eltham re­ceived a small piece of tub­ing picked up from the de­bris of a Ger­man Zep­pelin L21 that was brought down in Eng­land by the Bri­tish.

Wed­ding Bells: Maude Hud­son (Eng­land) mar­ried Mr O E Wil­liams (Kaponga).

From Nor­manby butcher F. An­drews: The old sys­tem of hawk­ing carts has been su­per­seded by the up-to-date or­der prin­ci­pal. All or­ders will be de­liv­ered di­rect from the shop in a clean and fresh con­di­tion.

Births: Kelly, to Mr and Mrs John Kelly of Te Roti, a daugh­ter. Mac­Don­ald, to Mr and Mrs S E Mac­Don­ald of Kakaramea a son, Jones, to Mr and Mrs F J Jones of Erin Street, Haw­era a daugh­ter.

Word has been re­ceived that Pri­vate Harold Wilkin­son, son of Mr C A Wilkin­son, MP, has re­ceived a com­mis­sion as Lieu­tenant in the Bri­tish Army and he is now on ac­tive ser­vice in France.

New York: There were 50 Amer­i­cans aboard the steamer Mariner that was tor­pe­doed without warn­ing off the Ir­ish Coast.

‘‘They love bad news when it comes to the jus­tice sec­tor’’

Ch­ester Bor­rows

Cricket: Third grade; HOB 88 (R Sun­day) 22, B Dun­lop 4-25, S Hughes (3-20) lost to Nor­manby 101 (B Dun­lop 26, G Mug­geridge 28, R

Duffs 22, D Nuku 3-15) by 13 runs.

Bob Charles won the New Zealand Ben­son and Hedges four­match golf se­ries by eight strokes.

Haw­era ATC Cadets Tim Bowyer, Cor­po­ral John Dick­in­son, Peter Wi­ley, Grant Cam­bie and Gavin Steven­son had their photo in The Star.

The Haw­era Golf Club ti­tle went to Howard Kennedy when he beat Ge­orge Hill one-up.

Wed­ding Bells: Mar­garet Sav­age (Nor­manby) mar­ried Dick Vaoga (Haw­era); Bar­bara Ann Reid (Haw­era) mar­ried Rus­sell Wil­liam Fel­lows (Waiuku); Ian Lawrence Hall (Haw­era) mar­ried Beth An­nette Eades (Haw­era); Pamela Adele Si­mons (Haw­era) mar­ried Ge­orge Dal­gleish (Eng­land); Cather­ine Hur­ley (Hur­leyville) mar­ried Tony Koubaridis (Waver­ley); Pa­tri­cia Guil­ford (Haw­era) mar­ried Don­ald Picard (Haw­era), Ch­eryl Brew (Eltham) mar­ried Michael Adams (Eltham).

Sit­u­a­tion Va­cant: Ma­chin­ist – Fe­male Ma­chin­ist re­quired for our sack re­pair­ing de­part­ment. £8 10s per 40 hour week. Ap­ply Man­ager, Taranaki Sack Co Ltd, South Road, Haw­era.

It was re­ported that a 1935 three­pence sold for £20.

Min­nie Gra­ham (Opunake) won £400 in the Golden Kiwi Lottery.

At the Movies: The Re­gent – Those Mag­nif­i­cent Men in their Fly­ing Ma­chines.

Births: Brewer to Hi­lary and David a son.

Miss Whirlpool 1966 was Miss Jen­nifer McCarten who was crowned at Hicks Park on Satur­day night.

Price Chop­per opened its doors on Sun­day – The man­ager was Grant Hadley.

Paul Jones opened his Ini­tial show home on the cor­ner of High and Al­bion Streets.

Photo in the Star: An­drew Tip­pett of Ka­puni with his calf at the Ka­puni School Pets day.

There were 125 gar­dens opened in the Taranaki Rhodo­den­dron Fes­ti­val.

Cliff Hunt was ap­pointed the new Man­ager of The Star.

Photo in the Star: Ven­ture Leader Tus­sock Roberts con­grat­u­lated Chris Gil­lum and Kevin Bezuiden­hout at their in­vesti­ture as Queens Scouts.

Gemma But­ler and her calf at the Ka­puni calf day fea­tured on the front page of the Star.

Cliff Hunt was ap­pointed man­ager of the South Taranaki Star in 1991.

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