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People more likely to report assault to Police

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Recent data shows that people are increasingly likely to report instances of assault in New Zealand.

The reporting of interpersonal crimes like assault, robbery, harassment, and threatening behaviour has increased to 30 per cent from 25 per cent two years ago, according to the Ministry of Justice annual Crime and Victim Survey.

According to the same survey, the total amount of crime being committed has stayed the same.

The reporting of an additional 5 per cent of all interpersonal crime translates to a 20 per cent increase in the crime reported and visible to Police. This translates to a significant rise in the total crimes of this nature our staff respond to.

Assistant Commissioner Bruce O’Brien says the rise shows people feel more confident in reporting incidents where they have been victimised.

“We continue to encourage people to report crime to police so we have the best opportunity to prevent further harm.”

According to the New Zealand Crime and Victim Survey the most common reasons for not reporting interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and physical offence incidents were shame, embarrassment, further humiliation, and potential fear of reprisals that would make matters worse.

“We have the best opportunity to support the victim and their family in addressing the harm they have suffered, if it’s reported to us as early as possible,” says Assistant Commissioner O’Brien.

“Some people don’t see any point in reporting crimes they don’t think will be solved, we need people to feel confident that police will take their complaints seriously and provide the range of support services that are required.”

Most-recent data form the NZCVS indicates that only 25 per cent of all crime goes reported to Police.

Motor vehicle crime had the highest likelihood of being reported at 89 per cent, while cybercrime and sexual assault were the least-likely at 8 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.

Reporting crimes has also been made easier through new channels such as 105.

The multi-agency work through Integrated Safety Response and Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke programmes has also enabled Police’s partner agencies to report family harm violence that would not be recorded by traditional reporting channels.

Police data showing reported crimes:

Calendar Year

Oct - Dec 2017

2018

2019

2020

Jan - May 2021

Serious Assault Resulting in Injury

3007

13380

18600

21393

9183

Serious Assault Not Resulting in Injury

3473

12119

17019

21353

10149

Common Assault

6881

24151

19049

19084

8720

Total

13361

49650

54668

61830

28052

 

Fiscal Year

Oct 2017 – Jun2018

YE June 2019

YE June 2020

Jul 2020 – May 2021

Serious Assault Resulting in Injury

8969

15850

20587

20157

Serious Assault Not Resulting in Injury

9843

13254

19692

21324

Common Assault

19005

21688

18292

18900

Total

37817

50792

58571

60381

CVS data showing total crime:

Incidents: Total number of offences

NZCVS cycle

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Total

709000

661000

673000

Assaults and Robberies

234000

218000

233000

Sexual Assault

167000

180000

158000

Harrassment and Threatening Behaviour

282000

228000

255000

 

 

 

 

 

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Great news

Posted on 07-08-2021 18:19 | By

Except that police still don’t do anything - unless its a hate crime, or someone bullying on Facebook Still waiting for police to respond to our burglary report 6 months ago.