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