Watch: Brazen ram raid – CCTV footage shows stolen cars being driven inside mall

CCTV footage shows the moments three stolen vehicles drove into east Auckland’s Ormiston Town Centre shopping centre during a daring overnight ram raid.

And the shopping precinct says they’re concerned about the increase in incidents after the raid in the early hours of Tuesday.

Speaking to the Herald, a centre management spokesperson said they will increase security measures.

“The Centre Owners are concerned about the increase in incidents across Auckland and are increasing security measures.

“We are working with police who are making inquiries into the incident.”

The huge spike in ram raids across Auckland is “devastating” for the businesses targeted, says National leader Christopher Luxon.

Luxon, who is the MP for Botany, where the raid took place, said last night’s incident was a result of a “Government that’s soft on crime”.

“I’m shocked and saddened to see this despicable criminal behaviour in Botany.

“As a result of a Government that’s soft on crime, we’re seeing an increase in violent crime in NZ and offenders behaving as if they can get away with it,” he wrote.

“It’s devastating for the store owners and staff, but sadly it’s not an isolated incident,” he said.

“We’ve seen a huge spike in ram-raids right across Auckland. Offenders think they can get away with it because the message from the Government is that they’re not going to do much about it,” the National leader said.

“Our streets are becoming less safe and the ram-raids are creating more financial and emotional stress for business owners and their employees who are trying to recover from Covid restrictions.

Police said numerous offenders entered three stores in the Flat Bush complex at about 1.10am, taking a number of electronic items and clothing.

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