NZPA 20 March 2008
An international crime survey shows New Zealand compares very poorly with similar countries, National MP Simon Power says. The International Crime Victims Survey compared rates of crime, perception of crime and attitudes towards the criminal justice system in 30 countries in 2004 and 2005. Mr Power, National’s justice spokesman, said it revealed New Zealand was the third highest for conventional crime rates.
It was the highest for thefts from cars, second highest for burglary, fifth highest for assaults, 10th highest for robbery and 11th highest for theft of personal property and for sexual assaults against women. “Being the third worst for the prevalence of all the most common crime is bad enough, but being the fifth worst for assaults and threats and 11th for sexual assaults on women is very concerning,” he said.