Statistics to be proud of says police district commander
Waikato Police credit strategies and policies implemented at national, district and area levels for a drop in reported crime in the 2010 calendar year.
District Commander, Superintendent Win Van Der Velde said annual crime statistics for 2010 released today showed a 1.8 per cent drop in recorded offences across the Waikato.
‘‘That means there were 620 fewer victims of crime in our dis- trict in 2010 compared to 2009.
‘‘This reduction is a pleasing result of which our staff and our community should be proud.’’ Mr Van Der Velde said.
As a proportion of all recorded crime in the district in 2010, the theft and related offences division recorded the highest percentage (31.7 per cent of the total) followed by unlawful entry with intent/burglary/break and enter (15.2 per cent).
The categories across the district where recorded offences fell the most, include fraud, deception and related offences (-25.9 per cent) and unlawful entry with intent/burglary/break and enter (-8.1 per cent).
Mr Win Van Der Velde said strategies and policies taken at a national, district and area level continued to make a positive difference in Waikato communities.
‘‘ An example of this is the ongoing Operation Persil which targets recidivist dishonesty and violence offenders.
‘‘Since its inception we’ve seen over 300 offenders arrested and, combined with other initiatives, went a long way towards Hamilton City experiencing a 31 per cent reduction in reported residential burglaries over the Christmas holiday period, a time where historically we have seen figures rise,’’ he said.
At a national level, recorded offences dropped 5.6 per cent – or 25,000 in total.
New Zealand’s population rose by just over one per cent during the period, meaning recorded offences per head of population dropped by 6.8 per cent.
Nationwide, the resolution rate dropped slightly to 47.5 per cent while at a district level the rate fell to 42.6 per cent, down from 46.5 per cent in 2009.