Days after a shopkeeper of Indian-origin was slain during an alleged robbery, a group of teenage armed robbers raided the store owned by a businessman of Indian descent in New Zealand, according to a media source. They put a knife to a worker’s neck during the horrible episode.
The New Zealand Herald newspaper stated on Monday that Sidhu Naresh, the proprietor of the vape shop, said that four juvenile criminals broke into his establishment in Hamilton, North Island, on Friday. Naresh was cited as saying, “My staff was made to kneel, and a knife was put to his neck”.
He claimed, “They came and smashed everything, every single one of the cabinets, and they walked away with the till”.
According to a report, Naresh was informed by his staff that the burglars “couldn’t have been more than 16 years old.”
He claimed that during the raid, at least 4,000 New Zealand dollars in cash were stolen, and a courier who attempted to stop the criminals was hurt. Naresh was advised by the police officials that the perpetrators were likely those responsible for the recent attack on his place of business.
On Monday, the New Zealand government unveiled new initiatives to prevent retail crime, including a subsidy programme for fog cannons that is available to all small retailers and dairies. The declaration was made following the Wednesday murder of shopkeeper Janak Patel, who was of Indian descent.
The New Zealand Herald said on Sunday that Patel was fatally stabbed at the Rose Cottage Superette, where he worked, during what appeared to be a robbery. Naresh reportedly stated that while the new restrictions would assist keep his personnel secure, little will be done to reduce crime as a result of them.
The government unveiled new initiatives to tackle retail crime, including a subsidy programme for fog cannons that is available to all small businesses in New Zealand, including dairies, even if they have never been victims.
According to Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, each shop will receive support of $4000. The fog cannons will be installed by a recognised vendor, so stores will have direct access to them.
The announcement was made following the alleged murder of shopkeeper Janak Patel in Sandringham last Wednesday during what appeared to be a robbery. The fog cannons won’t stop criminals from attacking Naresh’s store, according to Naresh.
Naresh remarked, “Every time something like this happens the Government comes in and starts giving you this funding and that funding. But when are they going to talk about the consequences these guys are going through?”
Despite the fact that the additional security measures might assist keep his employees safe, he asserted that they won’t significantly reduce crime.
Hipkins stated, “This is something we have been working on for a while, and we have been working in association with other community leaders. Some of the changes that were announced today were changes that were requested by small businesses around Auckland.”
Hipkins said that the government had put a lot of effort into making sure it was “hitting the mark” and securing more assistance for small businesses. Although he acknowledged that so far only eight stores have had the 431 different security measures installed, he claimed that the $6 million is now being used for that purpose.
Some delays, such as the very slow processing of claims by insurance firms, were “out of the Government’s control.”
“If a car has been driven into the front of a shop, you can’t put a roller door in until the front of the store has been rebuilt,” said Hipkins.
He believed that because Janak Patel’s place of employment, the Rose Cottage Superette, was low on the priority list and had just recently been “victimised” in 2016, it did not qualify for fog cannons under the initial fund.
Hipkins later joined the prime minister at the post-Cabinet press conference, when he stated that although problems with the global supply chain had slowed things down, police had been successful in ordering an additional 455 fog cannons, which should arrive before Christmas.
“More challenging will be the time it takes to install them. The 1000 fog cannons that are already installed took four years, and despite the police doubling the number of local contractors that will do the work to six, it’s expected it will take until the second quarter of next year for the number of installations to start to ramp up,” he stated.
He denied accusations that the government was responsible for Patel’s death and said he thought it was improper to say that fog cannons might have stopped the murder.