Lower crime rate gratifies

“Counties Manukau annual crime statistics show recorded crime has dropped by 11% in the past calendar year.

Nationally, recorded crime is down 7.4%.

This is the third consecutive year crime has fallen.

These results are great news for our communities here, and around New Zealand. They reflect the hard work of our local police, as well as National’s commitment to tackle crime and make our families safer in their homes and communities.

In the Counties-Manukau Police District, Public Order Offences is down 20.6% and Theft and Related Offences have fallen 15.6 per cent.

This is fantastic news.

The increase of 70% in Police foot patrols, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Prevention First Strategy and 600 additional frontline officers delivered by this Government are all contributing to our falling crime rate.

Introduction of smartphones and tablets this month will save more than half a million hours of Police time.

This time is being reinvested in frontline crime prevention, keeping Kiwis safer. We will continue to ensure our frontline Police are able to spend more time on the streets preventing crime, and building safer communities.

We are well on our way to reaching our Better Public Services targets of an overall reduction in recorded crime by 15%, violent crime by 20%, and youth crime by 5% by 2017. This will mean 45,000 fewer crimes in our communities every year from 2017.

Dr Cam Calder is a Member of Parliament on National Party’s List. His Out of Parliament Office is located at 4 Station Road, Manurewa, South Auckland.

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