Waikato crime continues to drop
Waikato's reported crime rate dropped 1.5 per cent over the 2013 calendar year.
Acting district commander, Detective Inspector Chris Page, described the data as small steps that continue a downward trend over the past five years.
"This drop represents less victims and comes on the back of last year's drop of 7.5 per cent,'' he said. ''Across the district the number of murders, assaults, robberies and violent crime all dropped.
"Other reductions included the number of fraud, drug, weapons and public order offences reported."
Mr Page said this year's number of reported crimes per 10,000 head of population was the second lowest figure for the Waikato since crimes were recorded in this manner from 1996.
The district's sole murder equalled the previous lowest total recorded in 2008. Bay of Plenty police figures show recorded crime fell by 7.4 per cent in the following a 7.1 percent reduction in 2012 making it the lowest crime rate since 1995,
All four Areas within the Bay of Plenty District recorded a reduction, for the first time since 2008.
Rotorua led the way in 2013 with a reduction of 11.2 percent, followed by Eastern Bay of Plenty with 7.9 percent, Taupo with 6.6 percent and Western Bay of Plenty with 4.2 percent.