Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister hails lowest crime rate in 25 years

24 August 2005

Police Minister hails lowest crime rate in 25 years

New Zealand's crime rate has hit a 25 year low, according to latest crime figures.


The latest official crime figures prove that the Labour-led Government's six years of investment in law-and-order is making New Zealand a safer place to live in, Police Minister George Hawkins said today.

"Total recorded crime in the year to June 2005 is down by 7.1 per cent," said Mr Hawkins. "That's 30,000 fewer offences committed over the past 12 months than the year before.

"In terms of the crime rate, the fall is 8.1 per cent with 968.8 offences per 10,000 population. This is the first time that the crime rate has dipped below 1000 since fiscal year records began, and lower than any calendar year total since 1981.

"What we're seeing is not just the result of this Government's billion-dollar investment in Police, but the result of a range of policies that have put New Zealanders into jobs, raised their standard of living and given them a real stake in their community.

"It is significant that the crime rate has fallen in every category of offence and in every district in the country.

"Total homicides are down 20 per cent, drug offences are down almost 18 per cent and burglary is down 6.8 per cent - that's almost 4000 fewer houses and shops burgled over the last 12 months.

"The emphasis on road policing continues to save lives. Fatalities per 10,000 population registered 1:03 in 2002 and 1.07 in 2004 - the two lowest rates since records began in 1951. I am pleased to note that both the number of tickets issued and the mean road speed have dropped in the latest statistics. "Contrary to the misinformation spread by some politicians, our road policing policy costs twice as much to implement as is received in revenue from tickets. The lower road tolls confirm that it is money well-spent.

"This Government has poured more resources into Police than any Government before: more staff, more money, more cars, more police stations and more equipment. The result is safer homes, safer communities and safer roads."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news