Crime cases up 7 per cent

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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.

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