Which is it minister? Dropping? or not Dropping?

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Even the Police are in line with the the rest of mainstream New Zealand in not believing the Crime Statistics.

The problem is clear to all, the statistics are for recorded crime, but Kiwis are now becoming so used to cops not turning up that they don’t even bother “recording” crime anymore.

Senior Constable Craig Prior of Christchurch said he had criminals in his car admit to carrying out 100 car break-ins in a night, but only three complaints arose.

Mark Leys, a Police Association representative in Counties Manukau, told of a man linked to 15 burglaries in Manurewa who admitted carrying out a further 60. Most had not been reported.

Mr Leys himself had not reported two thefts of property from his car, and an experienced Christchurch officer, whose vehicle was hit three times, reported none of them.

“I know there’s so little chance of catching the person. I think that would be the line of thinking for many people,” he said.

This is in line with drops in recrded crimes like burglary, I know for sure that the Police in Counties Manaukau have discouraged the local business associations from reporting suspicious activity etc so their stats don’t blow out.

Hhowever the galring statistic which no one except astute bloggers have reported on was the increase in violent crime.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.