Po­lice call for changes to be­hav­iour

South Waikato News - - Out & About - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON Crime pre­ven­tion

We of­ten get asked by vic­tims of crime why they should be the ones hav­ing to change.

The an­swer is quite sim­ple and comes back to why you have rung us. You have lost in some way.

We don’t of­ten have of­fend­ers who go out look­ing for stuff to steal, they are usu­ally op­por­tunists. This is why you don’t leave hand­bags vis­i­ble on front seats of cars, win­dows down, or cars and houses un­locked.

If you don’t give th­ese peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to steal they can’t.

The same goes for fam­ily harm with the ma­jor­ity of the cases we are see­ing be­ing drug and al­co­hol re­lated.

It’s about know­ing who you are with and if they have a ten­dency to be­come vi­o­lent when they drink tell them not to drink.

They might tell you they love you but they prob­a­bly don’t if they are more in­ter­ested in them­selves and their vi­o­lent ways. You are bet­ter off with­out them.

I am not try­ing to blame vic­tims but peo­ple do

‘‘If you are not will­ing to change don't think things will change for you.’’

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