(ed:..gee..!..that’s a wise use of those scarce resources..eh..?
..don’t worry about those burglars – look..!..there’s someone smoking/growing some pot..!..get them..!..)
Last week Justice Minister Amy Adams was proudly claiming the Government had more than halved the number of young people appearing in Auckland courts since taking office.
Now we know how they did it. National has given up the chase.
This week the Herald revealed that in 2015 burglars got away with 164 unsolved break-ins a day.
In Auckland City police district only 6.2 per cent of burglaries were solved.
Nationwide it was 9.3 per cent.
We’re supposed to accept that there are not enough resources available to get the police out with their magnifying glasses and finger-print kits to track the miscreants down.
To me it’s not a lack of resources but a misallocation.
They could for example divert the $100 million and 580,000 officer hours spent fighting their losing battle against breaches of the cannabis laws each year.
A law broken by 400,000 Kiwis a year according to the Law Commission in 2011.
I’m wagering the 59,845 victims of unsolved burglaries last year would agree.
Along with the myriad of past victims – myself included – who over the years have been told to put in burglar alarms and move on.