Cop catch-up welcome but unimaginative

National’s policy of recruiting more cops is the right thing to do, but the Government will need some smarter ideas if it wants to tackle the causes of crime, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The increase will almost get us back to the 20.2 sworn officers per 10,000 of population that we had in 2009, but not quite,” said Mr Seymour.

Winston is all bluster over looting

Winston Peters’ call for ‘new laws’ on looting lacks credibility, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It’s a bit rich for Winston to campaign against crime when he’s considering going into coalition with Labour-Greens, who fundamentally disagree with getting tough on criminals.

“ACT actually has a track record of strengthening penalties for crime. We convinced the Government to pass Three Strikes for Violent Crime back in 2010 which is already working to reduce reoffending.

Minister ducks for cover on inappropriate use of police resources

The Minister of Police has failed to reassure New Zealanders that someone will take responsibility for any misuse of police resources to target euthanasia groups. She hides behind due process today while she is happy to crow about police operations when it suits, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“When New Zealanders see a blatant abuse of civil liberties, they expect someone to be held accountable. At the very least they expect the appropriate Minister to have a view on the principles of good policy. New Zealanders should be disappointed on both counts today.

Burglars have figured out they can get away with it

We should respond to spiking burglary rates with a Three Strikes for Burglary law, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The 18% spike in burglary shows that burglars are learning that their enterprise is low-risk and high-reward,” says Mr Seymour.

Who will be held accountable for misuse of police checkpoints?

“People have the right to meet and discuss issues without fear of police harassment,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The admission that the police used a drink-driving check point to obtain the identities of people attending a meeting is deeply un-Kiwi.

Prison blowout is actually a reoffending blowout

The government’s billion-dollar prison budget blowout shows they have failed to tackle reoffending and recidivism, and need to be smarter on crime, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Bill English has said himself that our prisons are a ‘moral and fiscal failure’, but the Government has not found ways to stop the cost of our prison population from growing.

“Corrections figures show a massive 69% of people starting new sentences have been sentenced previously. This reveals how our prison population blowout is largely a reoffending blowout.