Crime cases up 7 per cent
There were more than 37,000 recorded crimes in the Wellington region last year, a 7 per cent increase on 2013.
The biggest increase was in drug offences, rising from 1157 in 2013 to 2124, an 84 per cent rise. There were 408 sexual assaults, compared to 373 the previous year, and 46 per cent were resolved within 14 days.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls said sexual violence has been historically under-reported.
‘‘ Police are heartened that victims of this type of crime are coming forward and we want to assure them that police take all complaints of sexual violence seriously,’’ he said.
Police have changed the way they record crime figures with a new Recorded Crime Victimisation Statistics.
Nicholls said the system gave more detailed information about sexual violence and the information was used to try to reduce victimisation.
The system went into operation on July 1 last year and is updated monthly on the Statistics New Zealand website.
Burglaries were trending down in the region, while motor vehicle theft and break-ins were up. Theft and related dishonesty offences kept police busiest, with 13,294 reported offences, more than a third of the total crime statistics.
Total recorded offences per 100,000 population continued an upward trend in Wellington, to 37,257, an increase of 6 per cent. There were four homicides in the region in 2014, compared with seven in 2013. Nationally there was a 2.8 per cent fall in recorded offences.