UPDATED: Crime and Justice: National, Act and NZ First policies under the microscope

As this is election year Whaleoil wants to look at the key policies of all the parties one by one. Recently we asked three questions about Immigration and the Refugee quota. Five parties responded and we used the remaining parties’ policy information on their websites to fill in the blanks.

This time we will compare the Crime and Justice policies of three potential coalition partners, National, Act and New Zealand First.

National Party

Track record:

  • Around 60,000 fewer crimes are being committed a year compared to five years ago.
  • Lowest crime rate since 1978.
  • Passed new laws against cyber bullying and is doing more to help support victims of crime.

Summary of key points:


National’s crime focus is on?family violence.

They have announced sweeping changes to the system to better support victims and keep them safe.

This includes making it easier to get a protection order,?maximising?the opportunities of Police safety orders, and making property orders more effective.

They are taking action earlier to change perpetrator?behaviour such as connecting perpetrators with the help they need to stop the abuse. They are also creating new offences for prosecuting violence.

We?re rolling out a new approach to better identify risk and?recognise?the patterns of family violence.

We need to do better to combat family violence. Our overhaul of our family violence laws is a critical, foundational step so that a new approach can be built.

National is working hard to play our part in breaking the cycle of violence within families and across generations.

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Clearly Operation Resolve needs to be rolled out nationwide

Operation Resolve appears to have been a success:

Every house in Masterton would have been burgled in the past 10 months if the national increase was confined to one town, the latest crime figures show.

The number of burglaries in New Zealand from July to April increased by 10,301 from the same period last year, according to Statistics New Zealand data released today.

Although the increase was only 3.2 per cent, comparing the numbers to the estimated 10,000 households in Masterton puts the figures into perspective.

Police Minister Judith Collins said drops in burglaries in the Auckland City and Wellington police districts showed commitments to solving burglaries were working.

The other 10 districts recorded increases. ? Read more »

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.

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Auckland police show new resolve about burglary

It is heartening to know the police have clearly had a rethink about their approach to this category of crime. They could hardly ignore their own statistics, with nearly 100,000 burglaries logged over 18 months going unsolved. In some parts of the country, police were unable to resolve any of the recorded burglaries in their jurisdiction – a regrettable result for the victims of the crimes.

In the central Auckland police district, where the clean-up rate was a paltry 6.2 per cent last year, 20 staff are being assigned specifically to deal with burglaries. It is a welcome response to the undeniable facts. The officer in charge of the initiative, Detective Senior Sergeant Iain Chapman, offered a frank response when he outlined the objectives of Operation Resolve: “We simply have to get better results for victims.”

The Resolve team will be run out of the Mt Wellington police station, with a remit to cover the sprawling central district, which extends from Herne Bay east to St Heliers, south as far as Onehunga and to Avondale in the west. Last year 8043 “victimisations” – a definition in police statistics which records the victims of burglary – were reported in the district, which suggests that Mr Chapman’s team will be busy. Read more »

ACT?s Three Strikes for burglary – Amy says No

Amy Adams, as usual, missed the point.

Justice Minister Amy Adams is ruling out stricter sentences for repeat burglars, saying they do not deter reoffending.

The minister was asked in Parliament today why people who had committed three or more burglaries were not being locked up.

As part of a series on burglary in New Zealand, the Herald revealed this week that the national resolution rate is a record-low 9.3 per cent.

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ACT’s Three Strikes for burglary a necessity, not a luxury

Otahuhu woman Vicky Pearson has been burgled about eight times in the past three years.

“I’ve had the whole top layer of bricks from my wee knee-high fence taken [and] I’ve had all my clothes pegs taken.

“My garage was broken into and my expensive lawnmower stolen. They also pinched a duvet, most likely to protect their vehicle from the mess from the lawnmower.

The guttering was stolen.

“In addition the house itself was also broken into twice; once to take my laptop, and the second time to clean out jewellery and iPods.

“The side door was dead-bolted, but they just smashed the whole door out of its frame.

“They tried to take the TV but I suspect I disturbed them – when I arrived home and went to check the letterbox I found my TV on the front lawn. It is now superglued to my TV cabinet …

“My home is a buffet.” Read more »


Key a victim of burglary four times over. Why not support ACT?s Three Strikes?

You’d think that after being burgled four times, John Key would be a fan of ACT’s three strikes for burglary policy.

Prime Minister John Key has revealed he once confronted an intruder who broke into his Parnell home on a stormy night – screaming when he went downstairs and saw the burglar.

At his post-Cabinet press conference this afternoon, Mr Key said, from memory, he had been burgled about four times, all incidents coming before he was elected Prime Minister.

Mr Key was burgled twice when he lived in Wellington. In one case no suspect was caught, in another his house was cleaned out, and police eventually caught a burglar who also stole his wife Bronagh’s new car.

“They stole Bronagh’s birthday present at the time which was a pink Honda City. That was of some amusement at the time to the cops that I would be stupid enough to buy her a pink Honda City.”

Another break-in came when Mr Key and his wife were at their home on St Stephens Ave in Parnell, at the time when he was Opposition leader. ? Read more »


Petty theft and weak-kneed judges

Larry Williams doesn’t hold back:

The police are in the gun over the high rate of unsolved burglaries.

The national resolution rate for 2015 was just 9.3 per cent. Across New Zealand 59,845 burglaries logged last year went unsolved, an average of 164 a day.

These statistics show that the odds are with the crooks. Burglars have little chance of being “nicked”. Life is good if you’re a professional burglar right now – but I don’t blame the cops.

The statistics can be misleading. A lot of these so-called burglaries are more like petty theft cases. Police have to prioritise. The cops resources are so thin on the ground they can only chase the more serious burglaries. Read more »

Well, I guess that is one way to make housing more affordable

The NZ Herald, in its ongoing campaign against rising house prices, has hit upon a brilliant strategy for crashing the value of your house.

This week the Herald will investigate burglaries across the country in the most in-depth series on the subject ever done in New Zealand. Over five days we will examine where burglaries happen, talk to victims, burglars and the police and find out how you can protect your home and business. In part one we look at which areas are the most burgled and ask why so many crimes are unsolved.

Labour will be really pleased that the Herald has embraced their strategies for making housing more affordable.

They’ve even produced a handy interactive map to check if you can save thousands by living in a crime zone. Complete with handy colour coding to show the no-go zones…or, as I prefer?to call them, bargain housing estates.

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You want 3 Strikes for burglary?

ACT Leader David Seymour will seek leave to introduce a Three Strikes for Burglary Bill to Parliament today, in the face of declining burglary resolution rates.

?By saying burglars have a 90% chance of getting away with it, Phil Goff is actually understating things,? says Mr Seymour. ?Firstly, because uninsured victims typically do not report this crime, the reported rate of burglaries represents only about 45% of actual occurrences, according to a 2006 Treasury estimate.

?Then, around one in 10 are resolved, but ‘resolution’ does not even mean charges are laid. ?It just means the likely perpetrator has been identified and a decision is made how the deal with them. So somewhat less than 10% of burglaries result in charges.

?Only a proportion of those charges (about 30%) result in conviction. Only 40% of those convicted of burglary are imprisoned. So in the end, less than 2% of reported burglaries result in any burglar serving a term of imprisonment, and when they do, it is generally a term of only a few months.

?Burglary is peculiar among crimes in that it is planned, not spontaneous. So incentives matter. A one percent chance of prison provides almost no deterrent.

?Burglary is also committed by a small group of chronic recidivists. ACT would provide a strong incentive against this recidivism. Read more »