Crime Statistics:

by Patrick O'Brien

‘Loss of Trust in New Zealand Police’


Image: downwards graph of trust in New Zealand police.
“Statistics are like a bikini —
what they reveal is interesting,
what they don’t show is vital.”

According to a 1998 – 2000 survey by the United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime, New Zealand had the second highest rate of reported crime per capita in the world with 105.881 offences per 1000 people.

New Zealand police told us this simply reflected their high standing in the community; that people trusted them and were happy to report offences.

O-kay . . .

Let’s fast-forward a decade:

For the calendar year ending December 2012, “reported” crime in New Zealand was the lowest it’s been in 24 years.

Enough said.



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