The Sensible Sentencing Trust is urging New Zealanders to be extra vigilant and crime conscious to restrict opportunities the holiday period presents to criminals.
Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar said historically the holiday period presents unique opportunities to criminals, "which goes hand-in-hand with a dramatic escalation in all categories of crime."
"The silly season with the increased consumption of alcohol and drug abuse combined with financial stress traditionally sees an escalation in domestic violence and child abuse. Christmas should be a time for everyone to enjoy – particularly mothers and children – so we are encouraging the public to report any screaming or loud abuse. If we can save just one life it will be worth it."
"Criminals are on the prowl at this time of the year looking for opportunities to burgle your house or steal your car or some other valuable."
"People should think like a criminal, don’t leave easy pickings, ensure your house is locked and windows secure with alarms checked and set."
"The Police can not be baby sitters; the public must step up to the mark and be accountable and responsible for the community we live in."
"This is not just about our own well-being any more; the cost of crime in one way or another is having a drastic impact on every one of us."
OBSERVE – RECORD - REPORT
"We are urging the pubic to be the eyes and ears of the Police, don’t turn a blind eye to even the smallest infringement of the law. If you see or hear suspicious activity, observe, record and report to the Police."
"It is time we accepted our responsibility and asked not what our country can do for us – BUT – what we can do for our country."
Sensible Sentencing Trust.
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