Insight for Sunday 13 July 2008
Seven murders - three in the last month have led to impressions that Manukau City is facing a rising tide of violent crime.
The alleged murders of a bottle store owner, an 80 year old in her home, and the victim of a handbag snatch have been seized for political capital.
But has Counties Manukau become lawless?
Richard Pamatatau looks at the crime record in the area and investigates the work of Counties Manukau Police.