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Opposition parties question police tactics

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/08/2016

Police tactics are being questioned by opposition parties following the release of statistics showing an increase in the number of burglaries.

Figures released on Wednesday by Statistics NZ show an 11.9 per cent rise in burglaries in the 12 months to July compared with the previous year.

Labour's police spokesman, Stuart Nash, says current police strategy clearly isn't working.

"Police have been pursuing a `Prevention First' model under a `Policing Excellence' framework," he said on Thursday.

"While this sounds fantastic and reads well, the results show that it isn't working as crime figures continue to rise and victimisations increase."

Mr Nash says there must be a significant increase in police numbers.

NZ First leader Winston Peters says the increase in burglaries was predictable.

"Police Minister Judith Collins is overseeing policing like a fishing contest - tagging and letting them go," he said.

"The government has been in denial about the level of crime, instructing police to issue warnings instead of making arrests."

Mr Peters says nine out of 10 burglaries are unresolved nationally, and in his Northland electorate 97 per cent are unresolved.

"That's a massive failure. There aren't enough police."

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