Wellington crime: Burglaries

20:13, Apr 12 2012

This month Statistics NZ published data from crimes that happended throughout the Wellington police district.

There were 42,444 crimes reported so we have picked out some trends to show the impact of burglaries on residents and police.

Words: Blair Ensor; Data: Blayne Slabbert

Are the number of burglaries going up or down?

Where are the burglaries happening?


Wellington District Commander Superintendent Mike Rusbatch explains the trends from a police perspective:

The overall decline in burglary is encouraging for police, but there has been a slight rise in recent times across the district, which is a concern, Mr Rustbatch says.

"We are doing a lot of stuff around that - understanding which premises are subject to repeat burglaries.

Mr Rusbatch says schools are often targeted by burglars and police were working with the Ministry of Education to address the problem.

"We know who a lot of our offenders are and what we try to do is act with urgency."

Police were working to prevent the "rewards" associated with burglary and increase the risk [for criminals].

"We want it to go a lot lower. For many people it [a burglary] has a long lasting affect."

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