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NZ's burglary record: What needs to be done?

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New Zealand's burglary record appears poor when compared internationally. The latest comparative United Nations data available - from 2012 - shows 1187 burglaries per 100,000 Kiwis. That's against 969 per 100,000 Australians and 813 per 100,000 people in England and Wales.

Police changed the way they recorded burglaries in July, 2014, in order to track trends more easily and remove confusion about the multiple ways property crimes were recorded. The definition changed to include some offences previously logged as theft or other property crimes.

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Figures released to the Herald show that in the 18 months after the change, police logged 97,707 burglaries at residential and commercial properties nationwide. The national resolution rate for 2015 also dropped into single figures for the first time - 9.3 per cent.

Across New Zealand 59,845 burglaries logged last year went unsolved, an average of 164 a day.

Last month Police Commissioner Mike Bush told a Parliamentary Select Committee: "Resolution rates are a focus for us. We are focused on turning those around. It's a focus for every police district commander in every one of our 12 police districts."

He said police in all districts were focused on improving resolution rates, but it was important to note the number of break-ins was falling.

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