2 Oct 2009

Crime rates rise, but fewer homicides

5:09 am on 2 October 2009

Crime rates continue to rise with the biggest increases in offences relating to drugs and violence, latest police statistics show.

Figures for the year to the end of June show recorded offences were up by 3.7% nationally, while the rate police solve crimes rose by just under 1%.

The number of homicides fell to 92 in the year to June from 111 in the previous year, with all but one of the cases resolved.

Nine of the 12 police districts around the country have had a jump in crime rates - the largest in Tasman District where total crime rose by 10%.

Tasman District also had the biggest rise in drugs and anti-social offences of 28.7%.

Overall, offences involving drugs and anti-social offences rose just over 12%.

Total violent crime rose by 7%, which police say is driven by more people reporting family violence.