The National Party blames the recent rise in ram raids on the Government’s “soft” crime approach, Newshub reports. National’s police spokesperson Mark Mitchell is clear on his opinion: “As a result of this Government’s ‘soft on crime’ approach, youth offenders, gang members and organised crime groups behave as if they can act with impunity. This has created a violent crime wave in New Zealand which puts our police and the community they protect in more danger.”