The latest police crime statistics for 2013 show recorded crime dropped 21 per cent in the Auckland central police area says Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central.
Nationally, recorded crime is down 20.2 per cent. Locally, in Auckland central, burglary and break and enter crime is down 23 per cent, and drug offences down 28.7 per cent.
“Last year’s results reflect the hard work of our local Police, with a large increase on 2012’s results – when recorded crime dropped by 3.8 per cent” says Nikki Kaye.
“This is great news for our local community, and reflects our commitment to preventing and tackling crime.
“A 189 per cent increase in Police foot patrols over two years across the Auckland City police district, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, and the 58,000 additional frontline hours for our district’s officers delivered by the use of smartphones and tablets, is contributing to our falling crime rate.”
“National has worked hard to ensure our frontline Police are able to spend more time on the streets preventing crime and building safer communities, and we will continue to do so.
“The Auckland central CBD staff have been working hard to reduce crime. This includes providing Crime Prevention Advice through a number of institutions, including Unisafe (Auckland Uni), AUT, and some key public and commercial locations including Auckland Library and some food proprietors. This is making a difference locally.
“I have met with local Police staff and community groups on a number of occasions in recent years, and I am aware of the improved responsiveness by Police to a number of community groups and their issues.
“Delivering better public services for New Zealand families is one of our priorities, and we are well on our way to reaching our targets to reduce crime, meaning 45,000 fewer crimes in our communities every year from 2017”.