The 2013 recorded crime rate was the lowest in 29 years,
Statistics New Zealand Criminal figures for the year showed
offences dropped by 4.1 per cent in the last calendar year,
with 15,602 fewer crimes recorded last year than in 2012.
Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush said the 2013 result is the
lowest crime figure in 29 years.
"We're delighted with the 4.1 per cent drop," Mr Bush said.
"We are deploying staff more efficiently and proactively to
ensure police are in the right place at the right time to
prevent crime from occurring."
Nine of the twelve police districts recorded decreases in
recorded crime but three were up.
Auckland and Wellington Districts recorded the biggest
reductions at 9.9 per cent, followed by Bay of Plenty at 7.4
per cent and Southern at 6.6 per cent.
Recorded crime in the Canterbury district fell by 5.6 per
cent, reversing increases that occurred when the Christchurch
"The results in Canterbury are particularly satisfying. The
significant drop in recorded crime in the district shows
we've maintained the positive gains we made in the
post-earthquake environment through proactive policing and a
strong focus on crime prevention," Mr Bush said.
Three districts had a rise in recorded crime. Eastern
recorded a 3.4 per cent rise, Central's crime rate rose by
1.6 per cent while Northland's grew by 1.5 per cent.
In terms of criminal categories dangerous or negligent acts
endangering persons dropped by 23 per cent, public order
offences reduced by 15.7 per cent and property damage and
environmental pollution offences were down 6.8 per cent.
Sexual assault offences rose by 11.6 per cent last year but
Mr Bush believed that was likely to be due to increased
"We know that sexual violence is under-reported, and we are
heartened that more victims of this type of crime are coming
forward," Mr Bush said.
There was also a 22.7 per cent drop in illicit drug offences
in the 2013 calendar year. Most of this reduction was in
cannabis cultivation and possession.
There was a 59 per cent increase in the import or export
illicit drugs offence category.
Police said that was the result of their targeted campaign
against organised crime groups that control large parts of
the New Zealand methamphetamine drug trade.
"Our intelligence indicates that the price of methamphetamine
remains high but steady which indicates that supply is
stable," Mr Bush said.
"Unfortunately methamphetamine is not going away. Police will
continue to commit resources to disrupt supply and reduce the
harm this drug causes."
Mr Bush said the 2013 calendar year recorded crime statistics
were an important indicator that Police's Prevention First
strategy was working.