Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Zealand: German Tourist, 48, Assaulted, Robbed While Cycling in Northland

According to The Otago Daily Times, a German cycling tourist, 48, traveling through Northland has been assaulted and robbed of all his possessions, including his bike.

An interpreter was working with the man as he remained in Whangarei Hospital with serious head and facial injuries.

Whangarei police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett would not say what the man's injuries were or whether a weapon had been used, but appealed to members of the public to help police find the assailants(s).

The victim was taken to the Waipu Medical Center with head and facial injuries about 1800 hours on Thursday (November 13). 
COMMENT: As one who has observed criminal and terrorist behavior for the better part of 40 years, I find the inability of the New Zealand government to  effectively neutralize growing crime in a country with a very small population of 4.47 million, particularly in light of the fact that the two-island nation is so distant from  most destinations. 

Although most New Zealanders are empathetic when a foreigner is victimized, the reality is that according to the two links below, empathy is simply not enough:

http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/New-Zealand/Crime

http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Police-officers

If there is one thing I've learned about criminals, it is this:

"They pay attention to how many criminals are arrested and sent to prison."

Incidentally, according to the above link, New Zealand is virtually last (81 out of 84 nations in terms of its police presence).

Surely, if so many foreigners can afford to visit the country, perhaps the government can afford to increase its police presence in the interest of reducing crime victims.

The victim was dropped off at the medical center by a member of the public; police want to speak to that person, who could be key to helping them piece together what happened.

"It is believed that the injured man has been riding around Northland and had been camping in the Waipu area prior to the assault. The victim is still recovering in Whangarei Hospital," Kennett said.

Police are also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or has knowledge of what happened, to make contact.

Officers working on the case would also like to hear from anyone who may have found some of the cyclist's items that may have been discarded, including his tent, bicycle and personal belongings.

Anyone with information can contact the Whangarei Police Station on 09 430 4500 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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