20 May 2024

Waikato small business owners sound alarm over retail crime

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 20 May 2024
CCTV system in mall

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Small business owners in Waikato are accusing the Government of breaking its promise to crack down on retail crime.

The Minister of Justice, Police and Corrections, along with council officials and police spokespeople, fronted a frustrated crowd on Saturday, to discuss the growing number of brazen incidents in the area.

Waikato liquor store owner Ash Parmar goes to work with a remote control for a fog canon, and a personal alarm, hanging around his neck.

Amit Khanna owns a petrol station in Hamilton. He says after a ram raid, police dropped the boys responsible home, only for the same group to return three hours later.