Press Release – New Zealand Police
Christchurch police are warning offenders wanted on warrants to arrest not to expect a Christmas holiday this year – unless it’s one behind bars.Police to target offenders on warrants during holiday period
Christchurch police are warning offenders wanted on warrants to arrest not to expect a Christmas holiday this year – unless it’s one behind bars.
Police have served warning that they will be targeting recidivist dishonesty offenders and other criminals wanted on existing warrants.
“During the holidays Police aren’t taking a break, and we won’t be giving criminals a break either,” says Inspector John Price, Acting District Commander.
“We’re determined to severely disrupt criminal activity over the summer, and we will be actively targeting offenders on warrants to arrest.
“It’s our intention to take as many offenders out of the system as possible, and send a clear signal that we’re on their case.”
Inspector Price says people on bail or with warrants to arrest can avoid problems by making sure they meet court-imposed conditions, pay outstanding fines and sort out any outstanding warrants.
“During the holiday period many people need to get their bail conditions altered, so we’re urging people to get that sorted early. Contact the Courts or Police – before we come looking for you.”
There are currently around 900 outstanding warrants to arrest across the Canterbury district. Many of these will be multiple warrants for a single individual. They can relate to a variety of offences, but particularly for offenders failing to appear at court.
Inspector Price says crime data clearly shows that a relatively small number of repeat offenders are responsible for a disproportionately high share of reported crime.
“We know who these criminals are. Targeting this group can have a huge payoff in terms of suppressing and preventing crime, and making our streets and homes safer.”
Inspector Price says the community can also help Police to deal with these offenders by alerting Police to people wanted on warrants.
“If you know the location of someone who is wanted by New Zealand Police then please contact your local police station, or Christchurch Police on (03) 3637400.
“People can also provide information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”