18 Dec 2013

Police targets not met in Northland, Canterbury

8:36 pm on 18 December 2013

Northland and Canterbury are not meeting some of the targets police have set for themselves for reducing crime and vehicle crashes.

Data has been issued for seven indicators including cutting crime, reducing the number of victims, reducing death and injury on the roads and increasing foot patrols.

In the year to June, crime in Auckland city dropped by 15% compared with the previous year, while Northland and Canterbury increased 2% and 7%, respectively.

The number of victims also increased in those regions, but in five areas including Waitemata, Tasman and Wellington, a target of reducing the number of victims by 5% was met.

There was also an increase in serious crashes in Northland and Canterbury, although they were down for most of the rest of the South Island.

Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls said not every area will meet reduction targets and support was being given to those districts that need to improve.