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’’.