Is it just me, or are there a whole lot of people arrested for a robbery that involved 3 people? I wonder if those charges are actually going to stick.
A though does occur that I don’t recall much money being put into law and order in the recent budget. Of all the things Auckland needs, lower crime would be fantastic. It’s a blight on society and a very real drain on the economy.
Second, it was interesting to see part of a debate on law and order on TV3. It was a little refreshing to see someone point out that prison does not work, that rehabilitation doesn’t work until the person is actually wanting to change.
It’s a nonsense to suggest that prison doesn’t reduce crime. There are people in our society who have no intention of ever doing anything with their lives other than taking from others, usually causing many times more damage than the value of good stolen.
I had a colleague who’s house was broken into by a person who had tens if not hundreds of convictions for burglary. Frankly, why did they bother letting him out? His few months on the outside caused many thousands of dollars to be lost in goods, productive time, police time and court time.
What I’d like to see is a policy made that people can be classified as “career criminals” – usually triggered by a large number of convictions. After this, those persons are detained “at her majesty’s pleasure” for a long period of time, possibly never released until old age. With the criminals who commit 80% of the crime permanently in jail, the police can spend more time looking for the other 20%.
Third, on Police 10/7 last night, they showed retailers selling spray cans to youngsters who were clearly taggers.
There’s a very easy way to fix that – send the kid in, and when he comes out point him in the direction of the managers car. End of problem!