City bur­glary rate down, sex­ual as­saults up

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

A fo­cus on prop­erty crime is paying off for po­lice but there is still more work to be done says a top cop.

An­nual statis­tics re­leased this week show an over­all drop of 12.1 per cent in crimes recorded in Auck­land City District dur­ing 2012 com­pared to 2011.

Na­tion­ally there was a de­crease of 7.4 per cent.

Most notably there were 1703 fewer bur­glar­ies and 4217 fewer thefts in the Auck­land City District that cov­ers the Auck­land City Har­bour News’ read­er­ship area.

District com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Cle­ment says the rate of this type of of­fend­ing in the district has been out of kil­ter with other ar­eas in the past.

He says his of­fi­cers have been paying par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to it.

‘‘The pub­lic too have played their part and the con­sis­tent preven­tion mes­sages – keep­ing valu­ables out of sight in locked ve­hi­cles and early re­port­ing of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour – that we’ve been de­liv­er­ing through var­i­ous chan­nels seem to be get­ting through.

‘‘There are still lots of im­prove­ments to be made, but we’re cer­tainly go­ing in the right di­rec­tion,’’ he says.

Il­licit drug of­fences also took a dive by more than 5 per cent to 1607.

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sex­ual as­saults went up by 18 from 272 in 2011.

Mr Cle­ment says vi­o­lence in pub­lic places will con­tinue to come un­der the spot­light.

‘‘It’s of­ten fu­elled by al­co­hol. While we’re not try­ing to blame it on li­censed premises, there are a large num­ber in the Auck­land city district and as a con­se­quence the is­sues that go with the drink­ing cul­ture in­crease.’’

He wel­comes re­cent al­co­hol leg­is­la­tion as a use­ful tool.

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