Crimes involving illicit drugs and synthetic cannabinoids
still appear to be an issue for Dunedin and Clutha police,
despite an overall 4.4% reduction in reported crime in the
Newly released data from Statistics New Zealand showed the
4.4% reduction corresponded to more than 429 fewer offences,
down from 9685 offences in the 2011-12 fiscal year to 9256
offences in 2012-13.
However, robberies had increased 100% to 38 reported
offences, many of which related to robberies of shops to
obtain synthetic cannabinoids.
There had also been a 24% increase in illicit drug offences.
Dunedin Clutha Area Commander Inspector Greg Sparrow said
there had been several arrests made in relation to synthetic
cannabinoid robberies and the alleged offenders were either
before the court or had been dealt with.
Acting Area Commander Acting Inspector Darryl Lennane said
the rise in illicit drug offences was related to several
successful operations targeting dealers and organised crime
Insp Sparrow said a critical area of focus had also been the
misuse of alcohol.
The number of reported burglaries reduced by 14% from 859 to
738, while theft and related offences had also decreased 15%
to 2582 recorded offences.
Insp Sparrow said the 4.4% reduction in crime was a great
result for the community, police and key partner agencies.
The area had now embedded a preventive policing model which
allowed police to put the needs of victims at the forefront
of policing. Recorded crime has also continued to fall in
Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Waitaki.
Despite a 24% increase in sexual assault and related offences
(six additional offences) and a 5% increase in public order
offences, Otago Rural relieving Area Commander Inspector
Andrew Burns said the total number of recorded offences in
the year to June 30, 2013 was down 2% to 4706.
Burglary and related offences fell by 7.2% and theft-related
offences fell by 9.3%.
The Southland Policing Area recorded an 8% decrease in crime,
helping to drive a 5.1% total decrease in crime throughout
Otago and Southland.
Relieving Southern District Commander Superintendent Richard
Chambers said it was the seventh consecutive reduction in
crime statistics for the Southern Police District.
He said the introduction of new systems over the past year,
such as a centralised district file management centre and the
mobility roll-out of iPhones and iPads to staff - both aimed
at reducing the burden of paper work on the front line and
getting more staff out on the streets - had enabled Southern
police to make even greater gains in crime reduction.
Nationwide, the crime rate fell by 7.4% and the number of
recorded incidents dropped in 10 of the 12 police districts.
Dunedin/Clutha (4.4% decrease)
Otago Rural (2% decrease)
Southland (8% decrease)
New Zealand (7.4% decrease)