Close
 

More funding to address violent crime against retailers

  • News
  • June 1, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
More funding to address violent crime against retailers

After a number of high-profile assaults against retailers, including a robbery at a Palmerston North Liquorland where staff were injured by a “slasher-like” weapon, the Government has today put $1.8 million towards robbery prevention at dairies, superettes and other small local businesses.

Police minister Paula Bennet says businesses which are assessed by police as being at high risk of violent crime will be invited to apply for co-funding for measures like panic alarms, DNA spray, fog cannons and time safes for storage cash and cigarettes. Retailers will also be given advice on how to change the layout of their stores to increase safety.

“We’ve listened to the concerns of shop keepers, that’s why we’ve put aside this money to be used for co-funding for a range of security and prevention measures,” Bennett says.

“Police have already increased the numbers of officers in high-risk areas, and carried out crime prevention seminars. Officers in Auckland have visited over 1,000 businesses over the past three months to provide prevention advice. Police have arrested 106 people in connection with all aggravated robberies that have taken place over the past two months.

Bennett says the funding is aimed at small family-owned or owner-operator businesses which are at high risk of crime but can’t cover the cost of increased security themselves. The police risk assessments will be determined 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,” Bennett says. “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 3,500 businesses will be visited to receive safety advice.”

Retail NZ has welcomed the package. General manager for public affairs Greg Harford saying that aggravated robberies are a real concern for retailers, especially those operating small convenience stores.

"These small stores, which often provide a valuable community service without the cashflow to invest in expensive security systems, have been increasingly targeted by aggressive and sometimes armed criminals seeking to make off with high value goods,” Harford says. “ Retail NZ is delighted that the Government is taking this issue seriously and making funding available to support security improvements in these stores.”

Harford emphasised the seriousness of retail crime to New Zealand’s economy, saying it costs the country around $1 billion each year and puts the health and safety of business owners, employees and customers at risk.

The funding announced today is a good start in dealing with the problem, Harford says, but addressing the bigger picture ultimately requires the public to recognise that all crime is unacceptable. 

“We know that petty crime is a gateway to bigger, organised and aggravated crime, and we think it's important that the Government and the Police also deal with petty criminals before their life of crime becomes aggravated.

"Retail NZ recently published a three point action plan for dealing with retail crime, in which we proposed the establishment of a specialist Retail Crime Taskforce, a social change programme to make it clear that crime is not acceptable, and the introduction of an infringement style offence to help manage low-level crime more effectively and ensure that there are real consequences for first-time petty offenders before they become aggravated robbers".

​ ​

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 

H&M's 2019 designer collab will be with Giambattista Valli

  • News
  • May 24, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
H&M's 2019 designer collab will be with Giambattista Valli

H&M's designer collaborations are met with global consumer excitement. Last year, Moschino was the chosen brand, and for 2019, it's Paris-based Giambattista Valli.

Read more
 
 

Karen Walker brings back its preloved Dove Hospice pop-up

  • News
  • May 24, 2019
  • The Register team
Karen Walker brings back its preloved Dove Hospice pop-up

After a successful debut last year, Karen Walker is bringing back its Dove Hospice pop-up at the Newmarket 'Playpark' store. It will once again sell vintage hand-knitted items to fundraise for the hospice charity.

Read more
 
 

Countdown's Own wins April's Ad Impact award

  • News
  • May 23, 2019
  • StopPress Team
Countdown's Own wins April's Ad Impact award

With an April full of public holidays and potential long weekends, the month was a big and busy month for advertising. But Countdown's own-brand campaign surpassed the competition to be named the Colmar Brunton Ad Impact Award winner for April.

Read more
 

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

 
topics
Regional rollercoaster
What does retail look like in 2019 for ...
Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 

Kiwi fashion label Maggie Marilyn launches new website

  • News
  • May 23, 2019
  • The Register team
Kiwi fashion label Maggie Marilyn launches new website

The new website launched by New Zealand fashion label Maggie Marilyn prioritises transparency and sustainability.

Read more
 
 

Sharesies CEO Brooke Roberts talks what it takes to become a B Corp certified company

  • News
  • May 23, 2019
  • Courtney Devereux
Sharesies CEO Brooke Roberts talks what it takes to become a B Corp certified company

There’s a movement afoot globally to create more companies that balance purpose with profit and view business as a force for good. Called Certified B Corporations, companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability can become certified. As of April, Sharesies investment platform was the first financial company nationally to qualify for the B Corp certification, joining just 22 other New Zealand B Corp certified businesses. CEO Brooke Roberts talks us through the process, and the benefits for businesses in becoming certified.

Read more
 

The benefits of rewarding non-transactional activities

  • Opinion
  • May 23, 2019
  • Ros Netto
The benefits of rewarding non-transactional activities

Product and price is all very well, but retailers are increasingly seeking to avoid discounting by incentivising non-transactional behaviours instead. Ros Netto, consultant at Truth Customer Academy, shares some advice.

Read more
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita.hayhoe@icg.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}