Kel­ston can­di­dates on crime

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DANIELLE CLENT

Crime has been sig­nalled as a main con­cern for can­di­dates of the Kel­ston elec­torate.

Na­tional’s Bala Beeram said crime rates had dropped but it was still an area of con­cern. Beeram said the party be­lieved in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing would re­duce crime.

Carmel Sepu­loni of Labour said while she re­spected the local po­lice, she of­ten heard their re­sponse to crimes was slow or non-ex­is­tent. She said Labour had com­mit­ted to hire 1000 more po­lice of­fi­cers and pro­vide more re­sources.

The Maori Party’s Cin­na­mon Whitlock said crimes in­volv­ing as­saults, sex­ual as­sault and rob­beries were ‘‘def­i­nitely’’ one of the key is­sues in Kel­ston. While it was im­por­tant to have more po­lice of­fi­cers, solv­ing crime needed a sys­tem ap­proach.

NZ First’s Anne De­gia-Pala said crimes such as homi­cide, fam­ily vi­o­lence, rape, ag­gra­vated as­sault, prop­erty crime, mo­torve­hi­cle theft and ‘‘dairy owner mug­gings’’ were the top prob­lems in Kel­ston. She said her party was ‘‘de­mand­ing’’ an­other 1800 po­lice of­fi­cers as a bottom line.

Green party can­di­date Ni­cola Smith said there were too many ag­gra­vated rob­beries of dairies for cig­a­rettes, bur­glar­ies, as­saults and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents in Kel­ston. Smith said she be­lieved the crime rate was linked to in­equal­ity and would fall un­der a more ‘‘eq­ui­table sys­tem’’.

ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF

Crime was flagged as an is­sue for Kel­ston by the elec­torate’s can­di­dates.

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