Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Best result in two decades

Best result in two decades

Auckland City Police District has recorded its lowest level of annual total crime in 20 years.

The number of crimes in the District in the calendar year 2013 dropped by just under 10 per cent on the previous year to 43,734 offences, representing 4,788 fewer offences.

Put another way, there were 977 crimes per 10,000 head of population in the City District in 2013 compared to 1,098 in 2012, a variation of -11 percent.

District Commander, Superintendent Mike Clement, says the impressive result has come about through the continued hard work, dedication and focus of all staff in the district.

"Our ongoing focus on preventing crime, particularly all aspects of property crime, has consistently paid dividends for the communities we police in Auckland and contributes greatly to our efforts to achieve a national 13 percent reduction in total crime by June 30 this year.

"It was also pleasing to see year-on-year significant reductions in burglary with a drop of 13.9 per cent in unlawful entry with intent/burglary, break and enter (nearly 1,000 fewer offences) after a significant decline the previous year of 18.8 per cent had been achieved."

However, the two categories of crime that made up the bulk of the district's 43,734 offences last year are still unlawful entry with intent/burglary (14.44 percent) and theft and related offences (45.63 per cent.)

While theft and related offences were down 6.7 per cent (a reduction of 1,436 offences) after a decline of 16.5 per cent in 2012, there are still many cases of the public being able to prevent thefts.

By reducing opportunities for offenders to commit such crimes through keeping items of value out of view in parked vehicles and by being mindful of security of personal possessions when out and about, the incidence of these offences will continue to decline.

The district recorded four murders in 2013, all of which have been resolved. Assaults, down by 5.4 per cent on 2012, totalled 3,289 and sexual assaults and related offences were up by 82 recorded offences to total 372.

In summary, Mr Clement said that the results were achieved by having a district-wide focus on priorities, being able to effectively deploy staff to target known offenders, victims and locations, by maintaining valuable community and partner relationships and by enabling staff to work more effectively through the proper distribution of resources and tools that mean they spend more time on the street, are more visible to the public and are less reliant on buildings.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news