Crime rates down throughout Waitaki electorate
Annual crime rates throughout the Waitaki Police Districts have fallen according to Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.
“Nationally, the crime rate is down 4.2 per cent per head of population. This is the fifth successive year crime has fallen and means recorded crime has dropped by more than 100,000 offences compared to 2009.
“These results are good news for our communities here and around New Zealand. The results reflect the work of our local Police as well as this government's commitment to tackling crime.
"We've worked hard to ensure our front line Police are able to spend more time on the streets preventing crime and building safer communities and we'll continue to do so.
Crime clearance rates for the same period revealed Otago Lakes Central districts was high with a clearance rate of 57.1 percent. Coastal Otago had a 46.2 per cent rate and Rural South Canterbury's rate was 39.4 per cent.
Mrs Dean said more Police, a prevention first approach and Neighbourhood Policing Teams, together with additional front line hours for officers created by the use of smart phones and tablets, are all contributing to our falling crime rate.
“Delivering better public services for New Zealanders is one of National’s priorities and we have been exceeding our crime reduction targets to keep Kiwi families safer,” Mrs Dean said.