Po­lice too busy for syn­thet­ics

South Waikato News - - Tea Cup Trip - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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