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Burglaries on the rise across New Zealand

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/10/2016
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Changes to police policy introduced to curb the growing number of burglaries has coincided with a decrease in break-ins in September, but figures show the overall number is trending up.

A policy was introduced in August requiring police to attend all home break-ins with preliminary figures showing police made it to 90 per cent of home burglary crime scenes in September, Police Minister Judith Collins says.

That same month the number of burglaries fell by 290 compared to August, the latest crime statistics for the year ending in September, released on Monday, have revealed.

But in the 12 months to September there were 72,776 burglary victimisations, almost 11,000 more than the previous 12 months.

Ms Collins said a review of the new policy would be carried out in December.

She said police were also working hard to hold offenders to account, evidenced by a rise in the number of proceedings brought against offenders.

That number rose by 3000 to more than 175,000 proceedings. But the overall number of criminal victimisations against New Zealanders is also rising.

In the year to September an additional 1390 victimisations were recorded on top of the previous year, taking the total to 276,098.

Labour says the latest statistics vindicate its policy to increase police numbers by 1000.

"Burglaries are up nearly 18 per cent - that means 10,977 more burglaries," said party leader Andrew Little. "Robberies and assaults have also seen a huge rise ... these figures are a disturbing reminder of National's chronic underfunding of the police budget."

NUMBER OF VICTIMISATIONS BY CRIME TYPE (year to September 2016)

* 50,031 assaults - up 9 per cent.

* 5508 sexual assaults - up 4.4 per cent.

* 360 abductions/kidnappings - up 3.4 per cent.

* 3588 robbery/extortion/related offences - up 15.4 per cent.

* 72,780 unlawful entry/burglary/break-in - up 17.8 per cent.

* 143,829 theft/related offences - down 1 per cent.

(Source: Statistics New Zealand)

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