Fifteen to 20 ram raids are being reported each week across the country by members of the Dairy and Business Owners Group, says RNZ. The apparent surge in violent shop crime has seen retailers resorting to private security and self-defence lessons, and they fear authorities won’t crack down until someone is killed. Kawerau business owner and mayor Malcolm Campbell is among those annoyed by lax laws. Another business owner wants lawmakers and authorities to “show some steel”.

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