Crime prevention

Face of the day

Before and after elevator girl

Before and after elevator girl

Today’s face of the day is the face captured by a technology called BriefCam which helped catch the Boston Marathon bombers.Thanks to this video search engine technology hours of footage can be condensed into minutes, enabling the good guys to catch the bad guys faster. People like Nicky Hager after a hard day pawing through other people’s hacked correspondence, will no doubt decry this technology as being controversial and ‘ shocking ‘ because it is taking away people’s privacy. I say, if you are in a public place expect to be under surveillance for both your protection and the protection of others. The crime solving capacity of this technology is exciting.

Films like ?Minority Report? are no longer considered futuristic: video surveillance methods portrayed in this 2003 film are already in use. In fact, such methods have already helped in catching criminals and terrorists, albeit being controversial.

One of the most innovative technologies in this field was developed by Israeli company BriefCam, which helped in catching the Boston Marathon bombers. Using tracking algorithms, BriefCam enables users to track events caught on tape much more quickly, thus maximizing the potential of video surveillance.

A search engine for videos.

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Face of the day

RELUCTANT HERO: Mita Moses - pictured with his partner, Kathy Strongman.PHOTO/NZME.

RELUCTANT HERO: Mita Moses – pictured with his partner, Kathy Strongman.PHOTO/NZME.

What a cool guy. I bet that security guard was relieved to see him. He may have been reluctant but like my face of the day yesterday he stepped up and did what needed to be done and put himself at risk to do so. We need more men in the world like Mita Moses.

The deaf man who stopped a security guard being robbed of a cash bag outside an Onerahi supermarket says he’s really a shy guy who just went to help someone.

“I don’t want to be famous or in the newspaper. I’m really quite a shy guy,” said Onerahi resident Mita Moses who has been hailed as a hero after going to the aid of the guard being assaulted outside New World Onerahi on Monday afternoon.

He was walking to the supermarket with his partner, Kathy Strongman, – who is also deaf – to buy groceries when he saw the security guard get attacked.

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Time to arm the cops?


Judith Collins thinks it is time to arm the cops.

The sooks disagree, even arts, lifestyle, fitness and travel blogger, David Farrar, disagrees. He thinks it will lead to an arms race amongst the criminal fraternity.

I don’t know what planet he lives on but the criminals are already armed. ?Every time there is a drugs bust there are numerous firearms confiscated.

Another issue for police going into violent homes is how to keep themselves safe.

Police will often say that the most dangerous situations for them are family violence calls.

Every kitchen has knives, some homes have guns.

They don’t know what the layout of the home is, how many people are there, what reception they’ll get.

These days front-line police have access to tasers and better access to firearms. As we’ve seen lately, going into a hospital can lead to being shot at.

Even though police have access to firearms in their car lockboxes, I’m concerned that they too often feel that they can’t take them. ? Read more »

Face of the day

Police Association President Greg O?Connor

Police Association President Greg O?Connor

The public and indeed the NZ Police have resisted them being armed for a long time now.Times have changed however and it is clear that we need to change too. You don’t send a man armed with a knife to a gun fight yet we are currently expecting our Police to go unarmed to a gun fight. At least things have improved a little and they can now access weapons from locked compartments inside their vehicles. However, separate them from their vehicle and you have disarmed them and they stand unprotected against an armed terrorist or common criminal carrying a shotgun or other weapon.

The Government?s refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O?Connor said today.

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Who was made to remove their head gear?

Here is a little quiz for you.

At the ANZ on Lincoln Road in Henderson this morning a security guard outside stopped a customer and made them remove their head gear…


Who had to remove their head gear?

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Cops should be armed, the crims are

I see the crim hugging liberal sooks are moaning about the proposal to arm police:

Claims policing is becoming more dangerous are a bid to create unjustified public fear a lobby group says.

The rate of assault per sworn police officer had barely changed over the past decade, Rethinking Crime and Punishment director Kim Workman said today.

The Police Association has?called again for police to be armed?after four attacks on officers over Christmas.

Police Association vice-president Luke Shadbolt said the incidents had emphasised the increasing danger faced by staff.

“Increasingly, members are calling for general arming. And we know, amongst the staff … more and more are leaning toward general arming as well,” Shadbolt said.

I can’t see any reason why our police can’t be armed…the criminals are.

For that matter I can’t see any reason why suitably trained and?licensed?citizens can’t be armed either…the criminals are.

There was a time in NZ history when people were able to easily carry firearms, you will note too that in those times there was less crime.

Can someone please do this to Sue Bradford

Seriously good idea from the cops:

Greek authorities have launched an investigation into allegations that riot police used a female protester as a human shield during demonstrations over a visit to Athens by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, this week.

Witnesses said the young woman, who has yet to be identified, was frogmarched in handcuffs ahead of riot police as protesters threw stones at officers.

Magistrates have launched a separate inquiry into a report that protesters arrested after clashing with supporters of the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party were tortured at the Attica General Police Directorate. Human Rights Watch said accountability for police abuse was urgently needed.

The group said: “The scenes described by the victims to reporters are deeply shocking. No one should be treated that way by police. Greece needs to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of their allegations.”

Cops Matter

? Oxford University Press Blog

Franklin Zimring?explains?how New York City successfully fought crime:

First of all, cops matter. For at least a generation, the conventional wisdom in American criminal justice doubted the ability of urban police to make a significant or sustained dent in urban crime. The details on cost-effectiveness and best tactics have yet to be established, but investments in policing apparently carry at least as much promise as investments in other branches of crime control in the U.S.

Two other important lessons are that reducing crime does not require reducing the use of drugs or sending massive numbers of people to jail. Incidentally, the difference between New York?s incarceration trends and those of the rest of the nation?and the money that the city and state governments avoided pouring into the correctional business?has more than paid for the city?s expanded police force.

There are costs…and other benefits that are the flip side of the same coin:

Unfortunately, New York?s successes in crime control have come at a cost, and that cost was spread unevenly over the city?s neighborhoods and ethnic populations. Police aggressiveness is a very regressive tax: the street stops, bullying and pretext-based arrests fall disproportionately on young men of color in their own neighborhoods, as well as in other parts of the city where they may venture. But the benefits of reduced crime also disproportionately favor the poor?ironically, the same largely dark-skinned young males who suffer most from police aggression now have lower death rates from violence and lower rates of going to prison than in other cities. We do not yet know whether or how much these benefits depend on extra police aggression.

Interesting that the?benefits of reduced crime disproportionately favor the poor…then again when you think about it criminals are lazy and so prey mainly on their own.

Guest Post – David Garrett

Another Guest Post from David Garrett:

Correlation causation and? crime ? the effect of active policing and sentence enhancement

When I was in parliament I sometimes? had ?coffee with Rick Barker, a fellow member of the Law and Order Select Committee and a damn good bloke. Rick told a ?great story illustrating how correlation and causation can be confused ? even by those who should know better.

During WW II, no bananas were imported into Britain, they presumably being deemed not to be an essential food, or just not readily available. After the war, banana imports resumed ? and it was noted that within nine months or a year, ?the birth rate had sharply increased. For a time, banana sales went through the roof, as its ?aphrodisiac? qualities became widely known. It was apparently some years ? and after a couple of studies found no basis for bananas enhancing fertility ? before it was realized that banana imports and rising birth rates were just a coincidence. The birth rate had risen ?not because of bananas, but because at the same time ?more and more young men were ?de-mobbed? and came home to their wives and girlfriends.

When crime plummeted in New York State following the introduction of ?broken windows? policing, those on right said smugly that the reduction in crime followed logically from more intensive policing. Those on the left said falling crime rates were just like those banana imports ? changes in policing policy had nothing to do with it.

While ?it? is now pretty much over in the US, for ten or fifteen years the debate raged, with lefties ?feverishly searching for the ?real? reason crime rates plummeted?, to quote the late Dennis Dutton. Any ?reason would do -? because surely it couldn?t be simple old style policing. Could it?

All sorts of ?reasons? were suggested to explain away the precipitate drop in crime, from ?demographic bubbles? passing through the population, to the crack epidemic which had been plaguing New York and other states waning . And of course ?the now famous ?more readily available abortions? theory suggested by economist Steven Levitt. This theory of cause and effect is in Levitt?s ?Freakonomics? and ?his paper ?Understanding why crime fell in the 1990?s: four factors that explain the decline and six that do not.? ?in ?Journal of Economic Perspectives? Vo. 18, 1: pp. 163-190

Leftist commentators always focus on the ?more readily available abortions?? factor Levitt identifies without ever mentioning two things: that the abortion ??factor?? is number four on his list of four; and the two factors? to? which Levitt? ascribes most of the reduction are more police per capita, and much greater use of punitive sentencing policies.? While almost every one knows New York is the home of ?zero tolerance policing? a.k.a. ?broken windows?, it is less well known that New York state also ?has ?sentence enhancement? laws, of which three strikes is one variant.

While lefties often derisively refer to the US experience, I suggest we can learn a lot from that country ? both what works and what doesn?t.? Those who have traveled widely in the US quickly realize that to a considerable extent it is a land of fifty different ?nations. The Boston Brahmins have about as much in common with the good old boys of Louisiana and Tennessee as New Zealand?s effete artistic elite have with banana growers in Far North Queensland.

So what does the US experience tell us about how best to reduce crime?? The most obvious lesson is that a combination ?of more police on the streets and ?sentence enhancement of one sort or another makes the biggest impact.? This is the major lesson from the New York experience; ?it is that state which has seen -by a considerable margin – ?the greatest reduction in crime of all types since the 1990?s.

Secondly, ?sentence enhancement works. Levitt himself, the darling of the left ? at least on this? issue – ?says so himself. Twenty six states have introduced? ?three strikes? laws which vary widely in their ambit and effect. Some states? – such as California – use their ?laws far more than others do. With a couple of exceptions, there appears to be a close correlation between the usage of three strikes laws and the level of crime reduction: those states that apply their laws more have seen much greater reductions in crime of all types than those states which do not.

For the left, this is of course an ?inconvenient truth? to borrow from Al Gore, but it is a truth nevertheless. It has often been said ? including? by commenters here on Whaleoil ? that the drop in crime across the US, and in other countries in the western world is ?unexplained?.? What they really mean is if you discount the obvious, then no-one can agree on any other explanation.

Those with both common sense and a degree or two find the lessons from the US clear: put more police on the streets and lock serious felons up for longer, and crime will drop. In the last two years we ?have introduced a three strikes law, and put more police on the streets of South Auckland which has the highest levels of crime in the country. And as a result, ?those crime rates are falling, along with prisoner numbers. God help us if the socialists get their hands on the levers of power in 2014.

Collins on Crime

Judith Collins talks about an article in The New Republic about crime in New York:

This is worth reading. The New York experience is mirrored in New Zealand over the last 3 years. Policing turned around and the crime rate has dropped to 1982 levels. The prison population, despite our increased penalties for violent, recidivist offenders, has fallen. South Auckland, which was known as “the mean streets” by the media, has turned around. It’s not because of the Lefties, it’s because of the Police and the fact that they stopped having to apologise for doing their jobs. Prevention First in Policing and Policing Excellence are making a lasting difference to many families and communities.

Now that Judith has fixed the Police perhaps she might like to undo the liberal damage in the Courts system.