Crime stats a mixed re­sult

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Peo­ple feel safe in Porirua, as­sures the new Kapiti Mana po­lice com­man­der, but the lat­est crime stats still re­veal some wor­ry­ing trends.

Re­leased last week, the fig­ures for 2011 show that the num­ber of recorded of­fences is down 4.2 per cent com­pared with 2010, the sec­ond best rate in the re­gion be­hind Lower Hutt.

Rob­bery of­fences are down 47 per cent, fraud 11 per cent, drug crime 6 per cent and prop­erty dam­age 9 per cent. Public dis­or­der saw the big­gest fall – 35 per cent.

‘‘Any de­creases in crime we re­port is a good thing, there’s no doubt about that,’’ says in­spec­tor John Price.

‘‘But the num­bers show 8483 vic­tims out there and that’s too many.’’

There were no homi­cides recorded in the Kapiti-mana dis­trict (Porirua and Kapiti) in 2011, down from one in 2010.

How­ever, bur­glary of­fences were up 21 per cent in 2011, while theft (9 per cent) and sex­ual as­sault (41 per cent) saw dis­con­cert­ing up­surges.

Mr Price says one of his pri­or­i­ties is en­sur­ing the ‘‘daily, weekly and monthly’’ mon­i­tor­ing of crime is con­ducted.

Pat­terns will emerge and re­sources can be com­mit­ted ac­cord­ingly.

‘‘ We’re con­stantly look­ing at data and vic­tims’ re­ports so we can pre­vent things from hap­pen­ing in the first place, if we’re able to.

‘‘There are sea­sonal trends we’re aware of and plenty of spikes at cer­tain times of the year.’’

The in­crease in the re­port­ing of fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents shows there is more trust in po­lice, he says, which ‘‘can’t be mea­sured by sta­tis­tics’’.

The im­pres­sion he has from po­lice staff and res­i­dents is Porirua and Kapiti are not ar­eas rid­dled with crime.

‘‘We want a safe place for our com­mu­nity to live, work, play and visit and I think, by and large, we have that.

‘‘What this comes down to is res­i­dents look­ing out for one an­other and po­lice staff work­ing hard to achiev­ing these re­duc­tions.’’

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