Better public services: reducing crime

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What are our targets?

In 2012 the Government set targets for the public sector to meet by June 2017. These are the Better Public Services (BPS) targets. The justice sector is responsible for the Reducing Crime target, which includes reducing:

  • total crime by 20% by June 2018 (increased from 15% already exceeded at the end of 2014)
  • violent crime by 20% by June 2017
  • youth crime by 25% by June 2017
  • re-offending by 25% by June 2017

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What progress have we made?

A table of our latest BPS progress (reducing crime results for June 2016) is at the bottom of this page. Graphs of the results are on the Reducing Crime and Re-offending page (external link) on the State Services Commission website.

Information on how these BPS results are measured 

The justice sector has made good progress towards reducing overall crime. However, the strong BPS results seen from 2011 to 2014 have not continued with the increases of 2015 persisting into 2016. Results in the most recent quarter have all increased compared to the previous quarter (year ended March 2016).

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Result 7: Reduce the rates of total crime by 20%, violent crime by 20% and youth crime by 25%

Progress for the year ended June 2016 compared to June 2011:

  • recorded crime rate decreased 15%
  • violent crime rate decreased 4%
  • youth crime rate decreased 33%.

This means there were 41,939 fewer crimes, 954 fewer violent crimes, and 2,024 fewer court appearances by 14 to 16 year-olds than during the year ended June 2011.

We have included two new supporting measures for the violent crime rate to identify the different patterns within violent crime:

  • violent crime in dwellings (increased 3% since June 2011)
  • violent crime in public places (decreased 19% since June 2011).

Youth crime has decreased so much across New Zealand that we are ahead of the 25% reduction target. However, it should be noted that this measure counts the number of youth appearing in court, which includes only a small proportion of all youth apprehended by Police.

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Result 8: Reduce re-offending by 25%

Progress for the year ended June 2016 compared to June 2011:

  • re-offending rate decreased 5.6%.

This means 1,030 fewer offenders returning to Corrections management. The number of re-offenders each year has decreased 25% since June 2011.

Several factors have contributed to this decline, including the Policing Excellence programme, with its emphasis on alternative resolutions, and the Department of Corrections’ investment in enhancing rehabilitation services across the offender population.

The full impact of the roll-out of rehabilitation measures on re-offending is anticipated in the next two years.

Reducing crime results – year ending June 2016

 Total crime rateViolent crime rateViolent crime supporting measure - public placesViolent crime supporting measure - dwellingYouth crime rateReoffending rateReoffending support measure
2009–Jun 1081 114 38  63 371 31.9 16,488
2009–Sep 1096 116 38  65 369 32.0 17,776
2009–Dec 1099 117 37  67 359 32.2 18,990
2010–Mar 1089 117 37  68 359 32.3 19,697
2010–Jun 1070 116 36  68 356 32.2 20,392
2010–Sep 1045 114 35  67 349 31.6 20,693
2010–Dec 1024 113 35  66 345 31.3 21,334
2011–Mar 1002 110 34  65 329 30.7 21,627
2011–Jun 991 110 33  65 322 30.1 21,610
2011–Sep 973 107 32  64 316 29.5 21,343
2011–Dec 962 106 32  63 314 28.8 21,080
2012–Mar 955 104 31  62 308 28.3 20,694
2012–Jun 934 102 30  60 296 28.2 20,480
2012–Sep 912 102 30  60 279 28.1 20,153
2012–Dec 892 101 30  60 268 27.6 19,291
2013–Mar 873 100 29  60 259 27.2 18,770
2013–Jun 864 100 29  60 253 26.8 18,537
2013–Sep 855 99 29  59 243 26.6 18,269
2013–Dec 843 97 28  58 230 26.4 18,115
2014–Mar 833 96 27  58 218 26.3 17,939
2014–Jun 820 96 27  58 209 26.4 17,437
2014–Sep 812 96 26  59 204 26.6 17,207
2014–Dec 806 97 26  60 200 27.0 16,912
2015–Mar 811 98 26  61 201 27.1 16,545
2015–Jun 817 98 25  61 197 27.5 16,445
2015–Sep 817 98 25  61 197 27.6 16,214
2015–Dec 822 100 25  63 200 28.0 16,362
2016-Mar 832 102 26  64 204 28.0 16,257
2016-Jun 844 105 27  66 214 28.3 16,156

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