MP for Napier
30 September 2016
Crime stats paint a dismal picture
The crime statistics released today paint a picture of crime on the increase as Judith Collin’s promise of more front
line cops fails to materialise, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash
“There were over 9500 more burglaries, almost 4,000 more assaults, and nearly 500 more robberies over the last year.
That’s a 15 per cent increase in burglaries, an 8.5 per cent increase in assaults and 15 per cent increase in robberies.
Overall, there has been a 4.8 per cent increase in total crime. The only number that isn’t increasing is the amount of
front line police officers on the beat.
“At a time when the Police Workplace survey states that over 55 per cent of all police think that their work-related
stress is unacceptably high and almost 60 per cent state that they don’t believe the police are delivering on the
promises they make to the public, there is only one answer to the ever-increasing rates of crime: more police. Now.
“Looking at these statistics, it’s hard to believe that only 6 months ago the Minister signed off on the Police’s 2016 –
2020 Four Year plan that stated there would be no increase in police numbers over this period but that ‘Police’s
strategic direction will require Police to continue looking for opportunities to re-balance the workforce’.
“The Minister and the Prime Minister at least now admit that we need more police, but so far nothing but words. A Labour
government would prioritise more front line cops so people can feel safe in their community,” said Stuart Nash.