Government: protect shopkeepers or let them shoot in defence without any repercussions

We need castle laws in New Zealand, particularly for people in high-risk occupations.

A community of south Auckland shop owners is calling on the Government to crack down on youth offending. They want harsher penalties to deter young criminals in what is causing shop workers to live in constant fear.

CCTV footage shows another shop robbery committed by teens aged 14 and 15.

“So frightening and my mind just froze at that time,” says store owner and victim Anna Zheng.

This time, it was a central Auckland liquor store where bottles of whiskey, the whole cash register and more than 60 packets of cigarettes were brazenly stolen.  

“I’m quite worried about it actually, because that kind of incident happens everywhere, you know,” says Ms Zheng.

Ms Zheng says she wouldn’t be surprised if the youths were put up to the robbery by adults because the penalties aren’t so harsh for under-17s.

It’s this kind of offending, which is becoming more and more common, that’s sparked today’s meeting in south Auckland and petition calling for action.

“They keep doing the same thing. They need to be actually taken very seriously and hard punishment against them,” says meeting organiser Daljitt Singh.

Sarabjet Singh wants to see harsher laws and outcomes for youth offenders. He was stabbed while working at his south Auckland shop.

“Law is too soft. [If the] law is hard, no crime,” he says.

The problem is that youth offenders behave worse than adult ones, but are treated like precious children. Society gets repaid for this by repeated violence and crime. If there aren’t any suitable repercussions for poor behaviour, and police can not cover the shops to protect citizens, then shopkeepers need to be given the authority and tools to protect themselves.

Bring in Castle Doctrine in New Zealand.


– Newshub


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  • Legallysane

    I’m a shopkeeper and (fortunately) have never had to deal with such a situation. However, I was once assaulted by a grumpy pensioner who sat in his car outside the shop and waited for the police to arrive….

    • MaryLou

      Yes, when they get those walking sticks into action they can really take you aback. I had one have a crack at my 2 year old in a cafe once – I wasn’t fast enough to stop child’s trajectory into said pensioners path.

      In terms of these youth offenders though, the only place they can go from that strting point, is onto bigger and badder things. And its not like their age makes stabbing, terrifying or killing a shopkeeper any better. I’m with Cam on this one – Castle doctrine is not only sensible, it is every persons right.

  • biscuit barrel

    When you go to big cities in Australia, in most suburbs car yards at night arent surrounded by big fences and razor wire. The local bottle shop has a drive through where you dont get out of your car, but are served at your car door, and they have the big seller packs outside.
    Would never happen here as the drive through would be a ‘steal through’.
    The police budget has been frozen for over 5 years in NZ so that robberies have joined burglaries as ‘low priority’. Australia just decides the protection of public deserves higher funding and they staff their police accordingly, which is at a higher rate than NZ despite our much higher crime rate.

    Instead were are given this sort of management techno speak.
    “The use of smartphones and tablets had contributed to 500,000 additional frontline hours – the equivalent of 354 police officers.”
    How about 350 actual police not smartphone hours.

    • johnandali

      And in Australia, there are a lot of security staff. And do you know something? They all carry side-arms.

      • biscuit barrel

        Bottle shops hardly have any security, unlike here where there is one or two as well as store staff.
        But armed security guards are allowed but its restricted

        You can only be armed for the purposes of ‘cash in transit’- and boy its its not just one. They will have two armed guards with the money outside the truck and often in high risk areas theres plainclothes security with a plain car nearby keeping an eye out.

  • taurangaruru

    Shopkeepers in areas like South Auckland should be packing tazers, make CCTV mandatory so any excessive usage of the tazer is recorded i.e. if a shopkeeper is under threat he/she has full rights to light up the perpetrator.