13 Mar 2023

Retail crime has the sector nervous

From Midday Report, 12:16 pm on 13 March 2023

The Police Minister says the level of crime concerns him but he doesn't believe things are out of control.

At an event in Mangere this morning Stuart Nash spoke to reporters after a weekend of crime in Auckland, including the stabbing of a bus driver, a body being found in a carpark and a gang shooting.

The National Party on Monday said new police data showing a 40 percent increase in retail crime over the past 4 years was alarming.

There is now an average of two hundred and ninety two retail crime incidents recorded per day.

But police said the data was skewed, partly because new systems make it easier to report retail crime.

Retail NZ's chief executive, Greg Harford, spoke to Māni Dunlop.