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$1.8m to prevent violent robberies
Posted at 7:15am Friday 02 Jun, 2017
A total of $1.8 million will be made available for robbery prevention at dairies, superettes and small local businesses.
Police Minister Paula Bennett says the government has heard the concerns of shop keepers, which is why they have put aside this money to co-fund a range of security and prevention measures.
Businesses assessed as being high risk will be invited to apply for co-funding for measures like panic and high volume interior alarms, DNA spray, fog cannons and time safes for cash and storage of cigarettes. Owners will also be given advice on how to alter their shops’ layout to make them safer.
“The money is from the Justice Sector Fund and is aimed at small family or individually-owned businesses that are considered to be high risk that can’t cover the costs of increased security without some help.”
“Police will identify high risk businesses that meet the criteria, and they will be invited to apply to the fund if they need financial assistance to install new security measures.”
Businesses at high risk of robberies will be determined by using established intelligence assessment tools that overlay crime rates with other characteristics, such as type of crime, the time of day and location.
Police will fund up to 50 per cent of the cost of the security measures, and in some exceptional circumstances, they may pay a larger share.
It’s expected all of the 500-600 businesses considered high risk will be eligible for co-funding. In addition to that, around 3500 businesses will be visited to receive safety advice.
Rotorua MP Todd McClay says he will be pushing hard to ensure Rotorua and Te Puke get a fair share of the $1.8m in co-funding.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe at work and in their community and we are working hard to ensure our businesses get the support they need.
“I encourage any local businesses that have genuine safety concerns to make contact with Police and see whether they are eligible for financial support or safety advice.”
Police also have a task force working specifically with businesses on crime-prevention measures and have committed to visiting 3500 businesses nationwide to give safety advice, adds Todd.
“This is a win for the safety of our local businesses and communities and I am pleased to see further support for law and order since our announcement of 69 new frontline Police officers for the Bay of Plenty.”
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