Crime In Northland Increasing

Crime in Northland is increasing with 3.5% rise to 17,240 offences in the 12 months to 30 June 2010. The region has one of the highest crime rates in New Zealand.

According to an article in the Northern Advocate:

In the Far North policing area 6263 crimes were recorded in the 12-month period, a 2.6 per cent fall on the 6429 the previous 12 months, while in the Whangarei/Kaipara area there were 10,977 crimes, a 7.4 per cent increase on 10,223.

Only Bay of Plenty, with a rise of 10.8 per cent and Waikato with an increase of 8.5 per cent, had bigger hikes in crime than Northland…

…While the crime resolution rate – crimes solved – was down on the previous 12 months (55.1 per cent compared to 56.9 per cent) it was still the third-best clearance rate in the country, behind only Tasman (58.7 per cent solved) and Bay of Plenty (58.4 per cent).

And from another report in the paper we learn that:

There were nearly nine burglaries, one serious assault resulting in injury and two vehicles stolen every day in Northland in August.

There were 73 incidents involving the supply of drugs and 85 cases relating to drug use, up from 20 and 67 respectively for the same month last year.

There were 275 burglaries, 62 vehicles stolen and 53 serious assaults resulting in injury during August…

– 275 burglaries
– 85 drugs use
– 73 drugs supply
– 62 vehicles stolen
– 53 serious assaults resulting in injury
– 48 assaults in a public place
– 43 liquor ban breaches
– 3 police assaulted
– 1568 bail checks completed
source: New Zealand Police”

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The Land Of Misadventure” – …”Northland has a high level of unemployment, a lot of low- income people and there are criminal groups targeting tourists at popular spots. Locals get robbed as well, but the tourists offer richer pickings for the criminals.

Though locals may lose their shoes, cellphone and the small sum of cash in their pockets, tourists were known to carry a lot more money, have expensive cameras and sometimes iPods and laptops. The latest attack and robbery of the three Frenchmen was typical…” Dom Post

“Good day for Northland tourists”A burglar with 24 previous convictions has been jailed for three years for a string of thefts from tourist vehicles in Whangarei, Northland. Hopefully the streets of Whangarei will be a bit safer for a while now and tourists will be able to regain some of their confidence in the town.

During sentencing it emerged that his thefts had affected 31 tourists from Australia, USA, France, England and Germany.