Porirua far from car theft capital
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.’’