Sta­tis­tics to be proud of says po­lice district com­man­der

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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