City burglary rate down, sexual assaults up
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.
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.