Migrant shopkeepers in Auckland say violent crime is on the rise and they want police to do something about it.
Hundreds of people marched in Manukau, South Auckland, this afternoon calling for more police patrols and the reopening of closed police stations to help keep them safe.
Violent robberies and attacks were happening almost every day but the police often failed to help, rally organiser Sunny Kaushal said.
"Whenever you call the police, you do not have police available. The police is under-resourced and under-budgeted."
Ōtāhuhu liquor store owner Sukhwinder Singh said he had been robbed many times.
Gangs of young people, some just 11-years-old, would often target his shop, he said, and he no longer felt safe.
"My family, they do not like that I am running a liquor store, but if I stop this what should I do?"
Mr Singh, who migrated to New Zealand from India in 2001, said this country no longer felt safer than his home country.
Mr Kaushal said he created the Crime Prevention Group to pull together business owners from all ethnicities to send a message to the government.
"Let's all ask the government for an urgent need of setting up a special police task force to deal with rising crime on small businesses, more police on patrols, more powers to police and reopen all the closed police stations," he said.