Police work out that if you investigate burglaries you catch burglars

It seems if you target burglars, you catch them.

A police operation launched to solve burglaries has made 17 arrests since its inception two weeks ago.

Operation Resolve was launched in the Auckland City police district after the Herald‘s Hitting Home series highlighted that only 6.2 per cent of burglaries were solved there in 2015.

The series revealed that on average only 9.3 per cent of the 59,845 burglaries logged by police were solved in New Zealand in the 12 months to December 31.

A team of 20 staff, led by Detective Senior Sergeant Iain Chapman, are working on the operation from the Mt Wellington Police Station.

As of today, 17 arrests have been made for a range of offences including burglary and receiving stolen goods a number of arrest warrants have also been executed.

Mr Chapman said the results were commendable.

Well done, slow clap.


So all they had to do was get 20 plods off speed trap duty and WHAMMO! RESULTS!

“As well as the arrests, a large amount of stolen property has been recovered during search warrants, which is now being identified to return to its lawful owners.”

Well root me with the blunt end of a pineapple, who would have thunk it?

It’s almost as if it’s worth having a dedicated Burglary Unit.


– NZ Herald


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  • murrayirwin

    Yup – except speed traps save lives of course. Don’t they? I know for sure that the ticket I got for doing 56km/h saved 2.3 lives, and the one I got for 107km/h saved 1.9. Result.

    • Bud

      Actually, as speed increases accidents decrease -because the driver is forced to pay more attention to driving. The severity of accidents increases with increasing speed, but the frequency decreases.

      • johnandali

        The old adage is completely correct. The law is an ass.

        • Orca

          And the burglars currently think that ass is perfect for pinching.

      • biscuit barrel

        Thats not correct. A standard accident reduction technique is to slow traffic down. Post a slower limit is one way.
        Another is to to just paint the lines closer so it feels narrower, most people slow down.
        opposite effect is shown in passing lanes( wider road) where sunday drivers put their foot down, and piss those off wanting to pass.
        The highway past Maramarua way was having too many accidents, speed limit reduced and heavily policed. Accidents down. Its not rocket science.
        Same will happen on Waikatos new motorways, as so many speed hoons. Watch the limits come down.

  • Orca

    Wonderful stuff, 17 arrests! From the information above however, there are an average of 167 burglaries a day, being around 2400 over the 2-week period, so that would be 0.7% of burglaries, albeit admittedly that this is just in one area. Maybe they should look at investigating burglaries in the whole country?

    What I wonder though, is why police seemed to feel that they needed to do some trial in Auckland to see what would happen if they investigated burglaries. Is this such a radical concept that they have to test the idea first?

  • Grizz30

    Most burglars are repeat offenders. Get 17 off the street, you prevent many more crimes. The caveat is you have to catching them.

    • johnandali

      A few years ago I read that 80% of the crimes in Tasmania were being perpetrated by members of three extended families. I wonder whether the same applies here.

  • johnandali

    This is wonderful news. If they’re found guilty they could be sentenced to long terms of home detention or community service, probably as long as a week. The Police will be proud of their achievements – until they hear about the duration of the sentences, that is. Then they’ll think seriously about whether the work they put in to catch the crims was worth it. And the judge (or judges) will be very self-satisfied that they have looked after the crims’ civil and human rights. But at least, justice will have been seen to have been done…………. I hope I’m wrong on all counts. Should we take bets?

    • biscuit barrel

      Unfortunately no bets as your comments are a certainty.
      They have a fancy thing called a ‘pre charge warning’, which means crime is listed as solved, but no court or sentence. Who wouldnt want that.!
      How good is that, the crimes are solved, as that is the job of the police nowadays, box ticking, ‘meeting their numbers’ as part of the corporate doublespeak.

      • Rightsideofthebed

        Pre charge warning are only allowed to be given for minor offences (under 6 months imprisonment maximum penalty) and where there is no victim. It is used almost exclusively for minor disorder/language offences. The guys who get a bit out of control on Friday/Saturday night etc.
        You will not get a pre-charge warning for any theft (including minor shoplifting) let alone burglary.
        It’s designed for the people who when they went to Court the Judge went – You poor Diddums – have a convict and discharge, or a discharge without conviction.

        • biscuit barrel

          Almost ‘exclusively’ for minor disorder ?
          Not in the Wairarapa it isnt
          “”That can be through the use of formal warnings when we literally tell somebody ‘we are going to warn you for this, don’t do it again’ and then a formal record exists about that warning but they don’t have to go through the courts, and the other one is through the precharge warnings where people are arrested for drug offences but they are not pursued through the courts,” he said.
          We do encourage that to prevent the backlog of criminal cases through the courts.”

          Thats would be be a problem then, cluttering up the courts is a terrible thing.
          So they have two types of warnings
          A warning warning, and a pre charge warning where you are arrested.

          I can look up many others – only for those reported- where the pre charge system is much wider
          Obstructing police – yes

          18-year-old labourer was arrested for wilful damage after he was seen damaging real estate signs.
          He was given a pre-charge warning and released.

          Both of these are Blenheim, the crime capital of NZ ??
          Damage to property.. warned only

          And for those who do go to court, theres the diversion scheme. Was that not working then ? Or was there too many being dealt with by the easy method so they had to come up even more outs.

          Plus at the higher end, many lawyers can bargain down the charges to get a guilty plea.

          • johnandali

            So if we can presume that the Police don’t think it’s worth investigating some of these crimes because the perpetrators will be laughing as they leave the court-room without being given any penalty, you’d think that somebody up the political ladder would be looking at this and amending the law to put a deterrent in place, rather than a smack on the hand or a plaintive request that they stop being naughty boys (and girls). So that’s what our system has become. It’s no wonder the crime rate is high. I hope that somebody in the MSM has read your comment and will be asking some serious questions.

          • biscuit barrel

            The judicary arent happy for the police to be the judge in these circumstances.
            We have the diversion system, where the judge decides.

            There is no ‘clamour from public’ no grumpy judges complaining about their cluttered courthouse, no examples of officious police who take it too far.
            Why do we have this system, when the public arent clamouring for it.

  • sandalwood789

    Isn’t it amazing, the lack of common-sense in the police (and in officialdom in general).