Porirua far from car theft cap­i­tal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Statis­tics show that Porirua is a far safer place to park your car than Welling­ton, but most peo­ple be­lieve the re­verse.

That’s one of the bizarre find­ings of the re­cent Qual­ity of Life sur­vey, which can­vassed the views of more than 5000 res­i­dents in Porirua, Welling­ton, Lower Hutt, Auck­land, Christchurch and Dunedin.

More Porirua res­i­dents thought their car was likely to be stolen, dam­aged or bro­ken into than peo­ple in the other cities.

Twenty per cent of the 432 Porirua res­i­dents sur­veyed felt their ve­hi­cle was at risk of be­ing stolen, which was higher than in any of the other cities. But po­lice statis­tics for the past year re­veal that the re­verse is true.

In Porirua 216 cars were stolen dur­ing the 2011-2012 fi­nan­cial year, or 44 per 10,000 peo­ple, but in Welling­ton city 920 were stolen, or 51 per 10,000 peo­ple. Only 12 per cent of Welling­to­ni­ans thought their cars were at risk.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he was very happy with the sur­vey re­sults over­all.

‘‘It’s a clas­sic case of per­cep­tion ver­sus re­al­ity,’’ he said.

‘‘There is crime ev­ery­where but in most cases Porirua is ac­tu­ally much bet­ter.’’

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