Total recorded crime in Otago Rural, which covers Queenstown
Lakes, Central Otago and Waitaki, continues to decrease, but
the number of sexual and public order offences increased, New
Zealand Police says.
Otago Rural recorded further reductions in the total amount
of crime reported, with a decrease of 2% in the year to June
The total number of recorded offences in the year to June 30
was 4706, down from 4800 for the previous fiscal year.
''These figures continue to build on the significant crime
reductions made over the past three years across Otago Rural
and reflect the efforts of our staff in conjunction with our
communities and partner agencies, in working hard to prevent
and reduce crime,'' Inspector Andrew Burns, relieving Otago
Rural area commander, said.
In the year to June 30, burglary and related offences
decreased by 7.2%, or 25 fewer offences, and theft-related
offences reduced by 9.3%, or 125 fewer offences.
However, public order offences increased by 5%, or 46 more
offences, ''reflecting the more robust strategic focus on
prevention tasks'', such as deploying high-visibility patrols
at risk times and locations to reduce the opportunity of more
serious offending occurring, Insp Burns said.
Sexual assault and related offences increased by 24%, or an
additional six offences, with a number of them relating to
the increase reporting of historic offences to police.
Total recorded crime across Otago and Southland fell by 5.1%,
in the year to June 30, a decrease of 1133 recorded offences.