In South Auckland, a robbery a day keeps the police away

A South Auckland shop owner who says he was robbed seven times in one week is one of many complaining they have lost faith in police to defend them.

Mr Sahota said that even if police did show up, they sometimes told him not to speak to media.

“But I’m capable of giving you the interview because I want something to come up into the media, otherwise something on the street happens that’s not coming up in the media either.”

Police said no instruction had been given not to speak to media and the only time it was suggested was if the information could jeopardise an investigation.

Mr Sahota and Mr Bains were both part of a new collective, the Crime Prevention Group, aimed at protecting shopkeepers.

“If police don’t help us, if the government doesn’t do anything against the crime, then we have to defend ourselves, we have to do something,” Mr Sahota said.

Police said they were looking into their burglary response times and would respond tomorrow.

As it gets widely known that South Auckland shops can be emptied at will, the problem will get away on the Police.  They have a very small window of time left to nip this in the bud.  At some point, someone’s going to get seriously hurt.  Or dead.




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