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

We are currently in the process of refreshing the BPS measures - more information can be found about the refreshed measures on the SSC website (external link) .

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What progress have we made?

A table of our latest BPS progress (reducing crime results for March 2017) 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 seen over the past two years. These increases have been driven by an increase in dwelling based vilent crime, which is commonly associated with family violence, along with an increase in burglary. Over the most recent quarter three of the four BPS measure have increased compared to the previous quarter (year ended December 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 March 2017 compared to June 2011:

  • recorded crime rate decreased 13%
  • violent crime rate increase 3%
  • youth crime rate decreased 31%.

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 9% since June 2011)
  • violent crime in public places (decreased 17% 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. These are the most serious youth offenders who reporesent only a small proportion of youth apprehended by Police.

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Result 8: Reduce re-offending by 25%

Progress for the year ended March 2017 compared to June 2011:

  • re-offending rate decreased 4.3%.

This means 787 fewer offenders returning to Corrections management. The number of re-offenders each year has decreased 29% 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 March 2017

 Total crime rateViolent crime rateViolent crime supporting measure - public placesViolent crime supporting measure - dwellingYouth crime rateReoffending rateReoffending support measure - number of reoffenders
Jun-09 1079 113 38 62 370 32 16488
Sep-09 1095 116 38 65 369 32 17776
Dec-09 1098 117 37 67 360 32 18990
Mar-10 1088 117 37 68 360 32 19697
Jun-10 1068 116 36 68 357 32 20392
Sep-10 1044 114 35 67 350 32 20693
Dec-10 1024 113 35 66 345 31 21334
Mar-11 1001 110 34 65 330 31 21627
Jun-11 990 109 33 65 323 30 21610
Sep-11 972 107 32 64 317 30 21343
Dec-11 962 106 32 63 314 29 21080
Mar-12 954 104 31 62 309 28 20694
Jun-12 933 102 30 60 297 28 20480
Sep-12 911 101 30 60 280 28 20153
Dec-12 892 101 30 60 269 28 19291
Mar-13 872 100 29 60 259 27 18770
Jun-13 863 100 29 60 254 27 18537
Sep-13 854 98 29 59 243 27 18269
Dec-13 843 97 28 58 230 26 18115
Mar-14 831 96 27 58 219 26 17939
Jun-14 818 96 27 58 210 26 17437
Sep-14 810 96 26 59 205 27 17207
Dec-14 805 97 26 60 200 27 16912
Mar-15 809 98 26 61 202 27 16545
Jun-15 815 97 25 61 197 28 16445
Sep-15 814 98 25 61 198 28 16214
Dec-15 823 100 25 63 200 28 16362
Mar-16 828 101 26 64 204 28 16257
Jun-16 838 104 27 65 214 28 16156
Sep-16 849 107 27 67 220 29 16040
Dec-16 851 109 27 69 221 29 15699
Mar-17 865 112 28 70 221 29 15451

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