Rural Taranaki safest place

Unconfirmed figures for the year ending June show that Taranaki Rural is the safest place to live, having the lowest crime figure per capita in the country and the highest number of cases resolved.

"For every 10 000 population our resolution rate is 67 per per cent," says Taranaki Rural area commander Frank Grant.

Driving the decrease was a decline in burglaries and family violence. For Stratford and Eltham the picture is not that rosy though, with crime for the period up 25 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively, on last year. However, these stations started the 2012/2013 year on excellent footing with July to mid-August already 15 per cent down on the same period last year.

"We will continue to strive to keep Taranaki rural the safest place in New Zealand," says Frank.

It is expected that the official figures for the 2011/2012 year will be released in October.

New Plymouth, at 65 per cent, had the second highest resolution in the country.

- Stratford Press

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