Anyone in your street got a brand new trailer recently?

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Notice someone with a nice trailer that looks like that, except it’s probably been painted over by now?

The other day, a custom-built ‘Wash Against Waste’ trailer which is designed to wash reusable items at events – thereby negating the need for disposable rubbish – was stolen. Please share this article/photo as widely as possible, so that we may help them to get it back. If you have any information about it you can confidentially contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

I am particularly fond of this project as it creates a simple solution to what I believe has become a packaging crises – the insane trend of using so much unnecessary single-use plastic. This is particularly bad over the summer holidays when our consumption goes up 30 per cent.

The guy who wrote this, Sam Judd, has his heart in the right place but sadly he thinks that having things stolen isn’t due to lowlife feral scum, but because you and I have made people do it because they are just too poor. ?

Perhaps we should take a look the root cause of these problems. The inspirational retiring Auckland City Missioner Dame Diane Robertson DNZM has said that she has seen the needs of the most vulnerable grow over her time at the charity.

We seem to hear about poverty more frequently than ever these days and it seems clear that this would be one of the factors that drives people to crime, particular in a place with such unaffordable housing as Auckland. Whilst it is clearly not the case in all thefts, it seems harder to blame someone for it when they can’t otherwise feed their kids.

Really?

What a huge insult to law-abiding people who are having trouble paying the bills. Why is it that liberal do-gooders assume that people will stop stealing if they have a little more money? ? It’s patently absurd.

Next, he’s on to the idea that he wants people who?do have money to underwrite the risk, so when things get stolen the poor steal from the rich instead of a charity.

So what could we do to assist with this? There are some major project dedicating time and money to address poverty, with varying degrees of success. One potential tool is the social impact bond – where the risk is passed on to private investors rather than the taxpayer. I am really interested in this as a potential tool for financing a big capacity development project that will aim to address the needs of some of our most vulnerable people.

If you have expertise or interest in social impact bonds and would like to help, or have other ideas do to curb the spate of theft against the community please leave a comment below or email me.

As I said, Sam means well but, as usual, his world view is a mess of inconsistencies built on victim enablement and beating up those who have more for no other reason than to give some of it to others.

All that aside, I do want to help him – if you do see a trailer with the particular shape and features in your neighbourhood, if it wasn’t there a few weeks ago, give Crimestoppers a call. ?I want the scum in jail, even if he wants to give them a cuddle for being forced to take his precious trailer away to feed the kids.

 

– Sam Judd, NZ Herald

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