Police too busy for synthetics
Tokoroa Police have defended their decision not to assist a pregnant woman to remove unwanted synthetic cannabis users from her home.
A post on social media on Sunday, from a woman, claimed she had contacted police and asked them to remove people who were smoking synthetic cannabis in her home.
‘‘All they had to say was ‘well they aren’t hurting anyone’. Are you serious?’’ the page member said.
The member went on to express her disgust at the lack of action and called for the community to make a stand.
‘‘There’s a big problem in this town with this drug and it’s about bloody time someone did something about it.’’
‘‘Why not band together as a community [to] get rid of this drug? Do a hikoi or something.’’
The post resulted in a flurry of comments such as ‘‘Tokoroa Police what you up to?’’ and ‘‘if the [police] ain’t doing their job...hire a thug.’’
Tokoroa Police Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson said the decision not to intervene came down to staff being busy with more urgent matters at the time.
‘‘There is a $500 maximum fine for having synthetic cannabis in your possession and for smoking it. With these sorts of things unfortunately it does not warrant our immediate reaction when there are more serious matters to tend to,’’ he said.
‘‘We had family harm incidents taking place then and there as well as burglary interventions and these were deemed more serious matters.’’
‘‘These guys were choosing to smoke it and she had chosen to allow them into her house. All she needed to do was kick them out and tell them to do their stuff elsewhere.’’
Henderson said although it was not deemed a high priority at the time, he was not downplaying the seriousness of synthetic cannabis use.
‘‘People are dying from this stuff and they have no idea what is actually in it. It’s a nasty drug that people often think is not as bad as ordinary cannabis but it can be far worse,’’ he said.
‘‘Had we not had higher priority incidents to attend at the time we would have gone there,’’ he said. Burglaries There were six burglaries during the week in Tokoroa, three of which took place during the weekend.
There were a further four up in Putaruru as well.
We are seeing a bit of a theme where people are inviting people onto their properties and they are either taking items at the time or returning later to do so.
The message here is to make sure property is secure and be sure of who you are inviting in. Make sure you trust them wholeheartedly if you are going to leave them unattended.
Leaving or letting a person into your home that you only know by their first name, or who you barely know as you have just meet them through Facebook, is never a good idea.
The Putaruru burglaries have seen rural properties targeted.
The message here is again around securing property correctly. Lock vehicles and remove keys. Just because you may live down a quiet country road does not mean you won’t be burgled.
Remember to also report any suspicious people. Sometimes these offenders are walking long distances across farms to take items so stay vigilant.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson
‘‘With these sorts of things unfortunately it does not warrant our immediate reaction.’’
Police were too busy to remove synthetic cannabis users from pregnant woman’s home.