Crime Rates Down

NZ Herald

The legacy of Judith Collins is showing fruit, and Anne Tolley is continuing in her footsteps. It is amazing what improving morale and good leadership does to a Police force:

Recorded crime has dropped to its lowest level in 15 years, police figures show.

According to police there were 20,289 fewer offences recorded in 2011 than during the previous calendar year, a decrease of 4.8 percent, with 406,056 offences recorded between January 1 and December 31.

After taking into account the 0.8 percent rise in New Zealand’s resident population over the same period, the fall in the crime rate for 2011 is 5.6 percent.

The largest decreases were in Canterbury (-22.2 percent), Southern (-13.1 percent), Northland (-10.5 percent), and Bay of Plenty (-5.6 percent). However Auckland City and Waikato saw increases of 8.3 percent and 1.7 percent respectively.

Overall 47 per cent of recorded crimes were resolved.

Homicide and related offending dropped 14.4 percent from last year, down 14 recorded offences from last year. Last year saw the lowest number of murders in a calendar year since 1995, with 39 murders recorded, compared to 46 in 2010.

Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the figures show police and the public remain serious about reducing crime, but that New Zealand still has much to do.


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  • Super_Guest

    Fifteen years? There was a National government in power then, I recall. I guess cuddling criminals as the left does isn’t the best way forward. And three strikes seems to have had a good effect as well, murder is well down.

  • Peter Wilson

    That’s the trajedy of politics. Terrific ministers like Collins can have their work undone by fiascos like the Nick Smith debacle and silly errors such as the Pullar bullying.

  • Doug_S

    I would like to see insurance claim information for the same period/s. I suspect a great deal of crime like theft from vehicles, burglary and so on is not reported because nothing ever comes from police involvement. My factory unit has been burgled more than 6 times in the last 4 years. Each time reported to the police and each time nothing. We did however make a successful  insurance claim every time. 2 recent burglaries in the same street have gone unreported recently because there is no followup from the Police and no perceived action.

    I don’t think the police should be crowing about 47% closure rate. In the first instance it sends the wrong message to you have a 50/50 chance of getting caught. Secondly, it should be broken down into hit rates on each form of crime, murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, drug related and so on. Then at least we are able to see performance in specific areas.

    In general the Police do a great job and I support them.

    • johnbronkhorst

      In order to claim insurance you MUST report it to the police!!!

      • Doug_S

        Yes, understood. In our case we did. My point is many don’t..hence not reported in stats. I had a drill and some sunny’s and assorted cd’s stolen from my car (in my driveway) a couple of years ago. Didn’t bother reporting point in insurance claim..excess would be more than the items..Here in lyes the’s more common than you think.

  • Cullen’s Sidekick

    Whale Oil – I am disappointed that you fail to mention that the crime rate drop is due to the good work done by Sheep Shearer, Toxic Green Norman and the Wily Winston. Don’t you dare attributing any credit to John Key’s Government.

  • Brendan

    Well done, NZ Police force, and well done Mrs Collins. This is no doubt the result of hard work you can all be proud of.

  • Apolonia

    I wonder if they include breaches of the electoral act?