Dylan is the deputy editor of the Bay of Plenty Times.

Opinion: Move against burglars hailed

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News that police will attend every household burglary will not doubt be welcomed by many past victims, says columnist Dylan Thorne
News that police will attend every household burglary will not doubt be welcomed by many past victims, says columnist Dylan Thorne

News that police will attend every household burglary will no doubt be welcomed by many past victims of this invasive crime.

Some are left traumatised by the thought of a stranger invading their home, rifling their personal possessions and taking what they please. As well as stealing their belongings, criminals often destroy any sense of security the victim may have felt at home.

It's a callous act and, while it might be perceived as a minor crime, it is often a gateway to more serious offending.

The predatory nature of a burglar can also lead to violent offences if they find themselves cornered after being caught in the act.

Earlier this year the Bay of Plenty Times reported that burglaries in the Western Bay of Plenty jumped more than 42 per cent over the past 11 months, sparking concerns the justice system was too soft on offenders.

Reported burglaries leapt from 1266 between July 2014 and May 2015 to 1800 in the same time period in 2015-16. It's a big increase when you consider the long-term impact these crimes can have.

Police attributed the rise to a change in the way burglaries were coded.

They also alluded to a link between between organised crime and burglary with property being used in exchange for drugs.

Police Minister Judith Collins' announcement that all burglaries will be listed as a "priority offence" will give some hope to homeowners.

It shows police are serious about tackling the issue and it sends a strong message to would-be offenders.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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