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Crime stats not all they’re cracked up to

Jacinda
ARDERN

Police Spokesperson
1 April 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Crime stats not all they’re cracked up to

New crime statistics out today which show an increase in the number of sexual assaults, murders and property-based crime should concern all New Zealanders, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

“Sexual assault rates have jumped by 10 per cent and homicide and related offences are up 18 per cent.

“These are serious crimes and they have a huge impact on New Zealand society.

“While Ms Tolley may argue higher reporting rates account for the higher numbers of sexual assaults, resolution rates are falling, dropping from 53.8 per cent in 2012 to 51.8 per cent in 2013.

“The figures also show more homes are being burgled and more cars stolen.

“These might be considered ‘petty’ crimes, but they generally leave victims feeling scared and helpless

“Police are doing a great job, but they are being forced to do more with less, making it harder for them to focus on prevention first.”

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