deny alleged link to reported crime spike
Businesses and community leaders in Christchurch are concerned around an alleged increase in crime in western parts of the city.
Some believe the government's emergency housing initiatives are responsible for the apparent spike.
But the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and an experienced welfare advocate are denying claims there is a clear link to those in emergency accommodation.
Cafe and garden centre Terra Viva has been open in the western suburb of Burnside for more than 25 years.
The business suffered its first break-in at its Roydvale Ave store only 18 months ago. This was followed by a string of alleged burglaries and car break-ins in the area over the past year.
There is at least one confirmed motel on the street which has been converted into short-term emergency housing through MSD's emergency housing special needs grant.
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