Labour tough on crime – Yeah Right

Figures released yesterday make a mockery of Labours promises to be "tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime".
Latest figures show;
  • a total of 407,496 offences were reported in 2005, up 0.3 per cent on the previous year
  • Offending that was related to drugs such as P rose 28.8 per cent
  • Violent crime rose 6.9 per cent
  • Sexual offending rose 6.4 per cent
  • The biggest increases in reported crime were in Counties-Manukau and Waikato, 11.8 per cent and 8.1 per cent respectively.
Greg O'Connor succintly shows up the nonsense of using "reported" crime as the measure.
[quote]"Basically it has been a displacement of crime. The rise in violent crime has been because P has been so successful – people need money to pay for it." Reported fraud offences had dropped because "police are almost out of the business of investigating it". Many victims instead hired private investigators or did not bother taking matters further.[/quote]
Labour has comprehensively failed to deliver on their promise to reduce crime in New Zealand.

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