Crime videos mean business

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012
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SAFER SHOPPING: GETBA, the Police and the Asian Council for Reducing Crime are teaming up to reduce the vulnerability of local businesses.

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A team effort is about to make life more difficult for criminals targeting businesses.

The Greater East Tamaki Business Association, police and the Asian Council for Reducing Crime are joining forces to stop offending in the area.

Seven short educational videos were launched on Wednesday to educate business owners about ways they can reduce vulnerability and avoid being targeted by criminals.

The scheme, with funding from the Ministry of Justice, is part of a three-year project.

Police have highlighted the development of the China Town complex in the Burswood precinct as a hotspot for car theft, shoplifting and handbag snatching.

China Town alone has capacity for 160 tenants.

The concept for the video clips came about after a visit to the precinct by GETBA executive officer for crime prevention Coralee Carr.

She says the vulnerability of immigrant retailers, in particular, stems from cultural factors such as a mistrust of police, risky cash management practices and language barriers.

When Mrs Carr saw a police officer giving advice to a shop owner she decided creating a video with advice on how to tighten security would be beneficial for all retailers.

Mrs Carr says businesses have also been given information on how to deal with suspicious behaviour and what to do in the case of a robbery.

"This helps businesses but also lets criminals know there is an organised approach," says Mrs Carr.

Senior Sergeant Pete Kaveney is the community prevention co-ordinator for the area and says the police work with the association to deliver and implement crime prevention messages and practical guides to keep shop owners safe.

"These videos are going to have an impact on retailers and commercial faces and will employ safer business practice," he says.

A shop owner in the area says when his store had an on-going issue with theft, GETBA and the police were very supportive.

"They offered useful, practical advice on how to make a few simple changes to reduce our likelihood of again being a victim of crime. Our staff appreciate it too," Spence Zheng of Eagle Eye Imaging says.

Asian Council for Reducing Crime chairwoman Rosa Chow says it is important there is help available to these businesses. "Shop owners need to feel looked after and feel like the police care."

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