New Zealand will spend millions of dollars to fight retail crime
Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, announced Monday a multimillion dollar package to combat widespread retail crime in the country.
These initiatives are a partnership with small businesses and local governments. They provide the largest crime prevention financial package.
Ardern stated that while youth crime has fallen significantly in recent years, it is still a serious problem in many communities. This was after a string of raids on local shops in various cities.
Shop owners and workers feel attacked. She said that this was unacceptable and added that police had already worked to lower the offending rate, with August’s ram raids down by 83% compared to August.
The prime minister stated that crime prevention initiatives were further supported by better street lighting, cameras, and more fog cannons.
All small shops and dairy in New Zealand will be eligible for a subsidy to install a fog cannon.
Statistics show that the fog cannon fund was established in 2017 following an increase of aggravated robberies in commercial premises from 599 to 1170 between 2015 and 2017.