A surge in people falling victim to burglaries, robbery and assaults are behind an increase in reported crime in New Zealand over the past year.

The official crime statistics for the year ending August were released today, and showed 12,529 more victims than the year before.

The increase equates to a 4.8 per cent rise in crime.

It's more bad news for Police Minister Judith Collins after last month's crime statistics showed a 2.3 per cent increase in crime in the year to July.

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Police Minister Judith Collins is in discussion with Prime Minister John Key to increase Police officer numbers. NZ Herald photo by Steven McNicholl.
Police Minister Judith Collins is in discussion with Prime Minister John Key to increase Police officer numbers. NZ Herald photo by Steven McNicholl.

Recent polling indicates New Zealand First could hold the balance of power at next year's election and leader Winston Peters has said a sizeable increase in police numbers will be a bottom line.

Peters said an acceptable number would be between 1000 and 2000 extra police officers rolled out over a number of years.

In March, the Herald's Hitting Home series revealed that 164 burglaries went unsolved each day in the year to December 3 - a resolution rate of just 9.3 per cent.