All three police districts covering the Auckland region are celebrating significant declines in the amount of recorded crimes over the last year.
Auckland and Counties Manukau reported their statistics for the 2012/13 year had taken them to the lowest levels since electronic records began in 1995.
Waitemata district’s recorded offences also dropped 13.3 per cent - almost double the national average.
Acting District Commander Inspector Steve Kehoe was particularly pleased with burglary numbers, which fell by 1260 from the previous year.
He said it was clear evidence of the “prevention first message” getting through.
"Our staff don't just come to work every day to chase bad people, we aim to stop the crime before it even happens and the team are very proud to see their hard work is obviously paying off" said Mr Kehoe.
Total reported crimes in Auckland fell by more than 9000, much of which was due to a crack down on car crime and theft, said District Commander Superintendent Mike Clement.
There was a similar trend further south where Counties cops calculated car theft and theft from cars had gone down by 38 per cent and 37 per cent respectively since 2005/06.
Counties Manukau Police District Commander Superintendent John Tims even said the increase in some crimes could be seen as positive.
Reported sexual assault offences were up by 16.2 per cent in the region which he said could be “attributed to a higher level of trust and confidence in Counties Manukau Police officers and as a result more offences reported, rather than more offences occurring.
“In many cultures, sexual offences are considered shameful and victims may be pressured by family to not report the crimes.”
Though Auckland experienced a drop in serious assaults, there was an increase in public assaults, which Clement said highlighted the need to prioritise.
He said it was important to deploy staff to target known offenders, victims and locations as well as collaborate with community groups such as Neighbourhood Watch and Maori Wardens.
Ten of the 12 police districts around the country saw a fall in reported crime with Auckland the highest on 16.8 per cent.
Police minister Anne Tolley put the results down to increased foot patrols and better resourcing of frontline officers with tools such as tablets and smartphones.
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