New Zealand’s largest-ever crime survey finds under-reporting, likely victims of crime

Stuff co.nz 20 May 2020
Family First Comment: The report found there was a clear link between victimisation and socio-economic conditions as people under financial pressure, living in more deprived areas, unemployed or not looking for employment and those in single parent households were likely to be targets of crime. “Victims are most likely to be aged between 19 to 29, Māori, never married, have moderate-to-high levels of psychological distress, lower life satisfaction ratings and lower feelings of safety.”

New Zealand’s largest crime survey has painted a picture of likely victims of crime.

Over the last year, 1,713,000 offences occurred — of those, 1,139,000 were personal offences and 574,000 were household offences, the Ministry of Justice survey said.

While the level of crime was similar to last year’s report, sector deputy secretary Tim Hampton said there was nothing for New Zealand to be proud of.

But the survey results were helping officials identify who were New Zealand’s likely victims of crime.

The report found there was a clear link between victimisation and socio-economic conditions as people under financial pressure, living in more deprived areas, unemployed or not looking for employment and those in single parent households were likely to be targets of crime.

“Victims are most likely to be aged between 19 to 29, Māori, never married, have moderate-to-high levels of psychological distress, lower life satisfaction ratings and lower feelings of safety.”
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121556520/new-zealands-largestever-crime-survey-finds-underreporting-likely-victims-of-crime

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