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Govt to help at risk dairy owners: report

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/05/2017

The government will on Thursday announce a $1 million fund to help at risk dairy owners deter robbers, it's been reported.

Violent robberies have increased this year as thieves target dairies, mainly for cigarettes, and owners have been complaining loudly about their plight.

The 1News report says Police Minister Paula Bennett will announce the $1m fund to help up to 600 dairy owners identified by the police at being at risk of robberies.

They'll be able to apply for grants to cover half the cost of deterrents such as alarms, smoke devices and invisible sprays that make culprits visible to the police.

The report says police are worried exposure of the robberies caught on CCTV is fuelling the problem as robbers revel in their notoriety.

The increase in dairy robberies has also been attributed to the high cost of cigarettes which is part of the government's anti-smoking campaign.

Dairy owners are asking for action against outlets which they claim are selling the stolen cigarettes.

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