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Police dealing with burgarlies: Collins

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/06/2016

The police minister says officers are already working on trying to get a sharp spike in crime figures under control.

Crime statistics for the year to May show nationwide burglaries are up by nearly 12 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Assaults, robberies and several other common crimes also rose in the period, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Labour's police spokesman Stuart Nash said police were being underfunded and didn't have the resources needed anymore.

"In fact nine out of 10 categories of crime that police record have increased and yet the five preventative activities aimed at reducing crime and victimisation have reduced," he said.

"The police cannot continue to be asked to do more with less, because it isn't working."

But Police Minister Judith Collins said break-ins were already a significant focus of police operations.

"In addition, the Police Commissioner announced this week that police will raise the priority level of house break-ins, moving it from the `volume crime' category to the `priority offence' category," she said.

Burglaries in Auckland had actually dropped by more than 11 per cent when compared to the last two financial years, Ms Collins said.

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