Parnell Business Association Welcomes Crime Fund

Parnell Business Association Welcomes funding for ram raid prevention

The Parnell Business Association (PBA) welcomes the announcement of a $6 million Crime Fund from Police Minister Poto Williams. The investment hopes to help smaller retailers and work to combat increasing ram raids.

“I look forward to further details about how the programme will be rolled out. However, police are already greatly under-resourced and the process outlined by the Minister sounds long-winded. While we greatly respect the work that police are doing, the PBA would like to see a simple and straightforward plan for funding application." Said Cheryl Adamson, General Manager of the Parnell Business Association.

“The cost of ram raids can often run into the tens of thousands, depending on the level of damage done. We’ve had several incidents in Parnell. For small retailers, it can take months to complete repairs. But it’s not just replacing windows, internal security structures such as grills and shutter doors come with hefty replacement costs, and they still need additional protection such as bollards, and they need them now!”

Bollard demand has spiked as the intensity of ram raids increases. However, retailers are currently having to wait months for installation. The process is being sped up by the PBA as they work with Auckland Transport and shop landlords on installation applications, however, they are needed now.

“We’re already assisting some of our businesses with their applications. In many instances, English is not their first language and they often feel intimidated applying to the likes of Council or Auckland Transport. So I really hope the establishment of the programme will be speedy and assist those retailers that have been hit in recent months."

“For dairy owners whose livelihood is their store, the costs involved can be daunting. Not to mention how vulnerable they must feel and there seems to be no consequences for the perpetrators."