Reported crime in the Waikato region has fallen substantially since the mid 1990s, and remains relatively low.
This indicator is the number of reported crimes (victimisations) in the Waikato Police District per 10,000 population per year, based on New Zealand Police data on recorded offences and Waikato Region population estimates.
Crime is a topic of considerable public interest. Rising levels of reported crime are perceived as a threat to safety, property and people’s sense of wellbeing. This can influence people’s decisions on where and how they live. Higher levels of crime may also lead to increased pressure on support systems and other resources (for example, physical and mental healthcare services, financial assistance from the government or charities).
Source: For 2014/15 onwards, data are from New Zealand Police victimisation data Prior figures are estimated from historical trends in rates of recorded offences.
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Victimisation trend data are available online at policedata.nz(external link). Source document for counts is Victimisations National Chart 3 – Crime Trends. Waikato regional counts were divided by the estimated population of Waikato Police District, then multiplied by 10,000 to arrive at a crime rate estimate. Future work may be undertaken to refine these crime rate estimates.
New Zealand’s crime statistics were recently transformed, resulting in new measures and trends. WPI has worked with NZ Police guidance to develop a regional trend series for the period pre- and post-July 2014.
Secondary data on ‘deaths due to assault’ are from the Ministry of Health’s Mortality data tables – annual numbers of assault deaths by DHB region of domicile.
Update details: Annual fiscal year data are reported to 2015/16, with 2016/17 results expected around August 2017.
Customised data request requirements: Nil.
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Data are available for the Hamilton City, Waikato East and Waikato West police areas. The rate of reported crime in Hamilton City is higher than in non-metropolitan areas in the Waikato Police District.
Other regions: Police Districts
New Zealand: Yes
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Secondary statistics from the OECD Wellbeing Report: Safety – Key findings(external link). In particular, the OECD findings state that: ‘New Zealand’s homicide rate is 1.2, lower than the OECD average of 4.1’. New Zealand ranks only 24/38 on homicide rate but there is very little difference between the higher-ranked countries.