The Dominion Post 17/12/2010
Only a third of crime in New Zealand is reported to police, a survey has found. More than 6000 people were selected at random to be quizzed for the 2009 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey. The results were released in Wellington today. Those quizzed said they reported just one-third of the crime they had experienced to police. More than half of people who didn’t report a crime said they felt it was too trivial. Twenty-four per-cent felt the police could not or would not deal with it, while 21 per cent felt it was private. Sexual crimes were the least likely to be reported, often because the victim was ashamed or embarrassed.