MP ap­plauds drop in crime

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch is pleased by new fig­ures show­ing recorded crime in the Waikato District dropped three per cent per head of pop­u­la­tion in 2010.

‘‘ Na­tional is com­mit­ted to tak­ing ac­tion on vi­o­lent crime and mak­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties safer. We’re back­ing our po­lice and sup­port them in their work,’’ Mr Tisch said.

‘‘We’ve in­tro­duced tough new leg­is­la­tion, boosted po­lice num­bers and given them new tools to deal with crime.

‘‘It’s great to see Na­tional’s com­mit­ment and the hard work of our po­lice mak­ing such a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in Waikato.

‘‘I’d like to com­mend Waikato District Com­man­der, Su­per­in­ten­dent Win Van Der Velde­and, his staff for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work in keep­ing our com­mu­nity safe.’’

Of all recorded crime in the district in 2010, the theft and re­lated of­fences divi­sion recorded the high­est per cen­t­age (31.7 per cent of the to­tal) fol­lowed by un­law­ful en­try with in­tent/ bur­glary/ break and en­ter ( 15.2 per cent).

‘‘While we’re pleased to see a drop in recorded crime, our crime rate is still too high. Na­tional will con­tinue to work with po­lice to bring crim­i­nals to jus­tice, ad­dress the driv­ers of crime, and send a clear sig­nal that crime won’t be tol­er­ated.’’

Full sta­tis­tics can be found on http://www.po­lice.govt.nz/ser­vice/ sta­tis­tics/

Lind­say Tisch

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