The number of reported burglaries remains steady, but police are resolving fewer cases, latest crime statistics show.
The figures, released by Statistics New Zealand today, show an overall 2.8 per cent decrease in the number of crimes reported to police last year.
There were 350,389 recorded offences in 2014 compared with 360,411 in 2013. When adjusted for population growth. this means criminal offences per head of population dropped by 4.2 per cent.
Similarly, the total number of resolved crime in 2014 was lower than in 2013.
Last year 145,367 crimes (41.5 per cent) were resolved, which means an offender was apprehended by police and dealt with, either with a warning or prosecution.
In 2013, 43.9 per cent, or 158,042 crimes, were resolved.
The crimes with the lowest resolution rates were burglary, unlawful entry and breaking and entering.
While the number of these crimes remained fairly steady year-on-year — 53,265 incidents were reported to police in 2014, or 1.9 per cent more than in 2013 — fewer of these crimes were resolved.
Nationwide, 12.1 per cent of those crimes were resolved last year. Auckland had the lowest resolution rate in the country, at 6.1 per cent. Read more »