Almost 3000 victims of retail theft – including armed robberies – have come forward to Northland police in the last three years, new crime figures reveal.
These include store owners and shop assistants left shaken and traumatised. Sometimes aggressive offenders threaten or injure staff before making off with cash or stock.
Even after offenders flee, it’s not over for the victims. The fear of another theft hangs over them. Often traumatised, some don’t return to work. Flashbacks can be triggered at the slightest reminder.
Owners lose money needed to feed their families and pay the rent. This has been experienced by many of the 2934 victimisations in less than three years.
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