Crime down by 12.4% in Waitemata

The annual crime statistics for the calendar year January to December 2012 were released today.

Waitematä Police District recorded 31,718 offences in 2012 which is significantly down from the 36,214 offences in 2011 and represents a 12.4% drop in offending.

The District’s resolution rate is approximately the same with a slight drop from 48.4% in 2011 to 48.2% in 2012.

Waitematä District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle says the recorded crime rate continues an existing downward trend in recent years.

“It is pleasing to note a significant reduction in all categories of Crime. These results are a credit to the focus and commitment of all staff in the District”.

“The significant contributing factor to these results is the our focus on NZ Police ‘Prevention First Operating Strategy, ensuring that we focused on priority high risk offenders, the reduction of victimisation and concentrating on locations where crimes are likely to take place”, he said.

The trends have also significantly decreased for crimes per 10,000 people from 660 in 2011 to just 570 in 2012 which represents a -13.7% variance.

“The District’s population growth continues to increase. There are now 556,250 people estimated to be living in the Waitematä District,” Superintendent Searle said.

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