INDEPENDENT NEWS

Murder Rate Lowest since 1978

Published: Tue 4 Oct 2011 01:28 PM
Murder Rate Lowest since 1978 - Rethinking Crime and Punishment
The new murder rate of 0.77 per 100,000 is lower than it has been since 1978 when it began to rise sharply to the peak levels in the later 1980s and early 1990s, says Dr Gabrielle Maxwell, consultant to the Rethinking Crime and Punishment project.
“It has been falling (on the whole although not year by year) since 1994. It would be great to think this was the beginning of a new decline. A marked change in violent crime would seem unlikely while alcohol is so readily available and so much part of the culture - and while there continues to be extreme inequality in income. These two factors will continue to contribute to increased violence in our community. Nonetheless, effective policing initiatives in the area of family violence, and preparedness to refer at risk whanau and families to social agencies for support has made a significant difference.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Trades Hall bombing case re-opened, evidence released
By: RNZ
Govt targets fewer deaths on the road
By: New Zealand Government
Teachers unions to take legal action against Novopay
By: RNZ
Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on what’s wrong with Wellington
By: Gordon Campbell
$1m Compensation To Christchurch Gun Owners In First Event
By: RNZ
Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off in the Capital
By: New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister to visit United States of America
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on the Aussie banks’ latest fee hike excuse
By: Gordon Campbell
Safer roads mean investment, not slowing down
By: New Zealand National Party
MTA welcome focus on vehicle safety
By: Motor Trade Association
Safer speeds for Northland roads
By: New Zealand Transport Agency
Better Driver Training must be part of Road to Zero
By: Greg Murphy Racing
Long delay in pay increase for teachers unacceptable
By: NZEI
Greater role for gas in electrification of transport
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media