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Wellington Police statistics welcome news

Wellington Police statistics welcome news

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast today applauded Police statistics that show crime in Wellington City has dropped by a massive 11 percent to record a four year low.

Statistics released by the Police today show there were 2045 less crimes last year with reductions in five of the seven categories – violence down by 5.9 percent, sexual offending down 21.6 percent, dishonesty down by 14.4 percent, property abuses down by 14.6 percent and administrative down by 31.3 percent.

“It’s absolutely fantastic news,” Mayor Prendergast says.

“It’s a tribute to Police and other agencies who work together to reduce crime in the Capital, including the council. It shows more can be achieved through partnerships than in isolation. The partnership between Wellington City Council and the Police has obviously had an impact on crime in the city and we are extremely pleased, and indeed proud, of that,” she says.

“Under the Local Government Act the Council has to take a leadership role and identify areas that need addressing. We do that by working with, and supporting, the Police. We work very closely around Walkwise and making sure we are kept up to date with what’s happening in the city. We know very quickly if there are any issues arising and work with police and other agencies on dealing with them.”

The Council has also been working with Police and the Crime Prevention Unit to identify those areas within the CBD and suburbs where we can make an impact on burglary and vehicle crime.

“We live in a vibrant, dynamic city. Our aim is to keep it that way and this is definitely a step in the right direction,” Mayor Prendergast says.

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