Labour: Police slow to catch electronic bracelet escapee

  • 19/08/2015
Labour's Corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis (Simon Wong)
Labour's Corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis (Simon Wong)

It took police "way too long" to track down an escaped offender who cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet, says Labour.

Labour's Corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis says it was 11 hours before police caught the Bay of Plenty man after he took off his bracelet and went on the run on Tuesday.

Mr Davis says the technology is pretty good - it's just the material around the bracelet is "pretty flimsy".

"Even one person cutting the bracelet off is one too many," he told Newstalk ZB.

Corrections says an alert went off when he removed the bracelet and staff responded within agreed time lines.

Police haven't yet responded to a request for comment.

The man was serving a home detention sentence for one month and 14 days for demanding to steal, Corrections says.

He has previous convictions for family violence and drink driving, and may face more court charges for this incident.

Earlier this month, convicted child sex offender Daniel Livingstone allegedly removed his GPS monitoring anklet and went on the run in the Hutt Valley.

He's pleaded not guilty to breaching conditions of his release.

About 3200 offenders are being electronically monitored, and 1832 are on GPS.