Law and or­der in New Lynn

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MAH­VASH ALI

Crime is an is­sue for the west Auck­land elec­torate of New Lynn and stems from un­der­ly­ing prob­lems, can­di­dates say.

For Na­tional’s Paulo Gar­cia tack­ling causes of crime was a top pri­or­ity. He said his was the ‘‘law and or­der party’’ and crime rates had seen a steady drop in the past few years all over the coun­try.

But Labour’s Deb­o­rah Rus­sell said de­spite the over­all fall­ing rate of crime, some peo­ple were ‘‘dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fected’’.

Rus­sell said re­search in­di­cated the so­lu­tion was not to in­tro­duce tougher pun­ish­ments.

She said there was a need for more po­lice of­fi­cers on the beat as com­mu­nity con­sta­bles.

Con­ser­va­tive Party’s Paul Davie said there was ‘‘too much re­cidi­vism of all kinds’’. He said there was a need for in­creased sen­tenc­ing and min­i­mum pa­role stan­dards needed to be en­forced.

Davie said the bail should be made avail­able only for mi­nor of­fend­ing.

Scott Macarthur of Democrats for So­cial Credit said he had not ex­pe­ri­enced crime per­son­ally. But ex­ist­ing po­lice re­sources should be moved from traf­fic polic­ing to fo­cus on bur­glar­ies and as­saults, he said.

NZ First’s Peter Chan said crime had been on the rise for some years. And the best way to deal with that was to in­crease front­line po­lice pres­ence.

Karen Wil­liams of the Maori Party said ‘‘in­creased polic­ing’’ would cre­ate a trust bar­rier be­tween young delin­quents and po­lice of­fi­cers and would not re­duce crime.

She said the crime that af­fected New Lynn the most was petty theft and bur­glary.

‘‘As a youth my­self, I be­lieve the way in which we should ap­proach this crim­i­nal be­hav­iour is through restora­tive mea­sures.’’

John Hub­scher of United Future said ar­eas that had a neigh­bour­hood sup­port net­work had ‘‘min­i­mal crime’’ com­pared to those ar­eas that did not. He said half of all prison­ers were il­lit­er­ate and that raised ques­tions about the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

‘‘It is time we all got to know our neigh­bours.’’

Green Party’s Leilani Tamu said crime was not lim­ited to bur­glar­ies, rob­beries and as­saults, but also a ris­ing num­ber of fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­ports. She said at a local level fund­ing needed to be in­creased for com­mu­nity polic­ing ini­tia­tives.

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