Con­cerns for petty theft


He­lensville can­di­dates all agree crime is an is­sue.

Labour’s Kurt Tao­gaga and ACT’s Alex Evans both said they be­lieved there had been an in­crease in petty theft.

‘‘We may need to in­ves­ti­gate more in­no­va­tive ways of pre­vent­ing bur­glar­ies, such as drones pro­vid­ing a mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice,’’ Tao­gaga said.

Evans said ‘‘vi­o­lent armed rob­beries’’ had been oc­cur­ring lately.

‘‘ACT in­tro­duced the three strikes law for vi­o­lent of­fend­ers and will ex­tend that to bur­glary,’’ Evans said.

NZ First can­di­date He­len Peter­son said she had no­ticed a change in terms of ‘‘se­ri­ous crime’’ in the past year.

‘‘NZ First would seek to add ad­di­tional po­lice num­bers.’’

Hay­ley Holt, of the Greens, said it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that crime was a ‘‘symp­tom of poverty, ad­dic­tion and/or dis­em­pow­er­ment’’.

Wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren needed to be in­vested in, she said. Na­tional can­di­date Chris Penk said crime was ‘‘un­ac­cept­able’’ and ‘‘any amount of crime is too much crime’’.

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