Christchurch Underbelly: Are Christchurch Police under resourced?

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Just in case you need a catch-up, here are the stories on the Christchurch Smartphone Thief thus far

The amateur sleuths at GP Forum have expressed some frustration that the Police, when told about the phone, the photos and the video, told the owner that they’d get back to him next week.

What’s not known is if the phone owner spoke to the Police about what was in the videos – namely, crimes involving drugs and arson.  

Be that as it may, one of the reasons stated by GPForum is that Christchurch Police would simply be too busy to deal with this complaint, because they were trying to deal with the huge problem of Christchurch “Boy” racers doing drag racing and burnouts under the guise of a law abiding “Cruise”.

The interesting thing is that this is so overt, it has its own public Facebook Page

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And the size of it is simply unbelievable.

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What makes the problem even harder for the Police to deal with is that all of them are very well resourced in terms of communication:

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That’s not the baby posting to Facebook of course, the baby’s mum is.

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The police do what they can, but they appear to just be able to work around the fringes of the problem

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As soon as the Police tries to deploy any kind of operation, this informal Army is onto it

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But what exactly are these kids doing out there?  How do they organise?

Well, some people have cars, some people don’t.

Those that don’t, offer money for petrol.

Or alcohol.

Reading between the lines, this is also pretty much a way to hook up with people.

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Crystal Lee has a car, and is offering a “seat”.

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Yep.  Who’s looking after baby when all that’s going on then?

The page isn’t without its humour either.  Here’s one “participant” that had his car dinged, and is complaining the Police are useless!

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Here you go Sam, I think we can read the “plate nums” just fine

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Anyway, it seems that if you are a girl with a car, and you need petrol for the week, and perhaps even a bit of fun for the night, this is the way to solve all the problems in one go

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Of course, when the coast is clear, the “Cruise” does eventually turn into drag racing, burnouts and the unavoidable vandalism that comes from having hundreds of bored teenagers in the neighbourhood.

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Christchurch isn’t unique in that it has a problem like this, but it is unique due to the scale of it and the high degree of organisation.

In the mean time, the olds are left to wonder what to do.

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As I read through that facebook page, and took it all in, I thought to myself: “To what degree is this just kids being kids?”

But it quickly becomes clear that these are the underclass, the solo mums leaving their babies, somewhere safe (I hope), so they can have some fun and get the car filled up for the week?

I’m sure it’s all shits and giggles until someone gets hurt.   Right?

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