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Monday, August 29, 2005

Crime stats in regional papers

The Taranaki Daily News has it figured out - they emphasise overall REPORTED crime rates have dropped in Taranaki, while less hideable reported violent and sexual crimes have increased substantially - by +6.7% and +19.2% respectively.

But the Rotorua Daily Post has an abyssmal analysis. Check out the following, which made its way past the editor:
Reported burglaries are down 15 per cent, stolen cars are down 11 per cent, fraud is down 60 per cent, theft is down 16 per cent and receiving stolen property is down 13 per cent.

There has been an 11 per cent drop in violent offences, but robberies have increased by more than half, which was in line with the national trend.

See our earlier post to understand why these reported crime stats are unreliable. Is it a coincidence reports of fraudulent statistics started appearing after Helen Clark got Rob Robinson into the Police Commissioners role?

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 8/29/2005 03:16:00 pm