$1.8M Government election bribe to secure up to 8000 dairies

Sad face dairy owner

High-risk convenience stores and dairies are in line for Government-funded fog cannons, DNA spray, panic alarms and time safes for cash and cigarettes to curb the rise in aggravated robberies.

But the measures, part of a $1.8 million package Police Minister Paula Bennett announced in West Auckland today, are “too little, too late” according to a community leader.

The Crime Prevention Group was set up in March to advocate for shopkeepers as a spate of violent aggravated robberies – mainly targeting tobacco – occurred around the country, leaving some on the frontline in hospital.

In her announcement, Bennett said the Government wanted to “stop these crimes from happening in the first place and make it easier to catch these criminals”.

Easy.   Allow a business owner to defend his business and staff by reasonable force, including the use of tasers, pepper spray and guns.   How many people would try and hold up a dairy if the promise fo a lead injection was part of the proposition?

As for the amount on offer…  

Crime Prevention Group spokesman Sunny Kaushal said the group was pleased the Government were “finally listening” to their pleas for help.

But they had surveyed the countries 8000 dairies and owners of more than half were “living in fear”.

“How are you going to distribute [the $1.8m]? It’s just peanuts.”

Kaushal also called for tougher penalties for offenders.

Bennett said $1.8m would help owner-operated dairies pay for measures such as fog cannons and panic alarms.

Panic alarms.

Well, that’s just going to assist when they are holding a machete to your wife’s throat.

It’s better than nothing, but I suspect this is motivated by being a few months away from an election, and not by looking for a genuine solution.


– NZ Herald

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