Law and order in New Lynn
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.