Crime rate falls in Eastern Bay of Plenty

Whakatane news
Thursday, April 2, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley welcomes a report showing the crime rate has fallen 9.4 per cent in Eastern Bay of Plenty for the last year.

“Nationally, the crime rate is down 4.2 per cent per head of population. This is the fifth successive year crime has fallen, and means recorded crime has dropped by more than 100,000 offences compared to 2009,” Mrs Tolley said.

“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 tackling crime.

“In the Eastern Bay of Plenty area public disorder offences have fallen 33.5 per cent while robbery, extortion and related offences have fallen 27.6 per cent in the area.

“National has worked hard to ensure our frontline Police are able to spend more time on the streets preventing crime and building safer communities, and we will continue to do so.

“More Police, a prevention first approach, and Neighbourhood Policing Teams, along with additional frontline hours for officers created by the use of smartphones and tablets, are all contributing to our falling crime rate.

“Delivering better public services for New Zealanders is one of National’s priorities, and we have been exceeding our targets to reduce crime and keep Kiwi families safer,” Mrs Tolley said.