Crime drops nearly 9 percent in Hawke's Bay

Police are attributing an 8.7 per cent drop in Hawke's Bay crime to a stronger focus on preventing crime before it happens.

The region recorded 15,081 crimes last calendar year to December 31, compared with 16,512 the previous year.   There were drops in almost every crime category apart from sex offences.

The reduction comes on the back of a 9.2 per cent drop in crime across the Eastern District, that includes Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.

The biggest drops in crime were in burglary and breaking and entering, which fell from 2695 offences last year to 2181 offences this year.  Thefts fell from 4575 last year, down to 4352 this year.

Acts intended to cause injury fell from 2088 last year down to 1892 this year.  There were two homicides in Hawke's Bay this year compared to five the year before.

Abduction and harassment offences fell from 567 last year to 482 this year; while robberies fell from 102 last year down to 90 this year.  Sex offences rose from 152 last year to 163 this year.

Drug offences fell from 805 last year to 739 this year and fraud offences fell from 311 last year to 299 this year.

Hawke's Bay Area Commander Inspector Tania Kura said she was pleased with the drop in crime, but there was always room for improvement.

"We have much more opportunity now to be more proactive and to nip crime in the bud before it happens.  New initiatives that were introduced last year mean our staff have been freed up to spend more time preventing crime and being more visible in the community.

"We now need to make the most of those opportunities and make the best use of that extra time that is now available to us.  We still have a way to go," she said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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