Recorded crime dropped by 3.2 per cent in the past year, continuing a downward trend, according to the latest police statistics.

There were almost 12,000 fewer crimes recorded nationwide in the 2013/14 financial year than in the previous financial year.

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According to the national police statistics, released this morning, violent assault crimes were down but burglaries and stolen car crime was up.

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There were 2091 robberies recorded this year, up from 1990 last year.

The number of stolen cars jumped as well, with 20,206 vehicles reported stolen in the 12-month period.

There were 2214 more cars stolen nationally, up 12.3 per cent on the previous year.

In Northland there was an increase of almost 31 per cent in theft and related offences.

Following six years of rising sexual assaults in New Zealand, the trend was stemmed marginally in the most recent police figures.

There were 3629 recorded sexual assaults, which was just 22 fewer than last year. However, it was the first time in six years there wasn't an increase.

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In Waikato there was a 32.1 per cent jump in sexual assaults and related offending, with almost 100 more cases investigated than the previous period.

The resolution rate in Waikato also dropped, from 50.8 per cent of sexual assault crimes resolved to just 43 per cent.

The sexual assault rate in New Zealand has been steadily rising since about 2003.

Nationally, there were 42 murders recorded in the 2013/14 period, which was down from 47 the previous year.

And there were 39,416 assaults, a 3 per cent reduction on the 2012/13 figures.

Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls said the drop in recorded crime was a positive trend.

"Since the 2008/2009 fiscal year we have seen a 20 per cent drop in recorded criminal offences - this means there are far fewer victims of crime than there were five years ago.

"These results are a credit to our staff. We are focused on reducing victimisation so New Zealanders feel safer in their homes and safer in their communities."

Region by region

Northland

Increases in dishonesty offending in Northland led to a 1.1 per cent increase in total recorded crime in the past financial year. A total of 15,657 offences were recorded for 2013/2014, compared to 15,490 for 2012/2013.

Burglary increased by 26.6 per cent, motor vehicle theft by 39.6 per cent and theft by 24.6 per cent.

Northland district commander Superintendent Russell Le Prou dishonesty offending was a problem in the district and Northland police were taking measures to reduce it.

They had also placed a high priority on reducing violent offending and although Northland police were attending more domestic violence incidents, they were seeing less serious violent offending, he said.

Waitemata

The Waitemata police district saw a 3.3 per cent increase in total recorded crime in the past financial year, with 1000 more offences recorded.

Murders rose to eight from one in the previous year, blackmail offending more than doubled, theft-related offending increased by more than 12 per cent and sexual assaults also rose slightly.

Recorded assaults saw a slight decrease, dropping by 9 per cent to 3013 in the past financial year.

Auckland City

Recorded crime has continued to decrease in Auckland City, falling a further 5 per cent in the past financial year.

Outgoing district commander Superintendent Mike Clement said property crime still accounted for just over 61 per cent of offending in the district's offending and although public place violence dropped by 100 recorded offences, at 1277 offences the figure was still too high and he hoped to see a decrease through a robust local alcohol policy.

Counties Manukau

The Counties Manukau police district had a slight drop in recorded crime, down 2.8 per cent in the past financial year.

Public order offending in the district dropped by 31 per cent, illicit drug offending dropped by almost 12 per cent and theft-related offending dropped by 5.5 per cent.

Assaults increased by almost 10 per cent, sexual assaults increased by 4.4 per cent and robberies in the district increased by 20.6 per cent - up to 509 recorded offences in the past financial year.

Waikato

The Waikato police district experienced a 1.9 per cent increase in total recorded crime in the past financial 14 year, which district commander Superintendent Bruce Bird said was disappointing, considering crime in the region had tapered off considerably in the past 10-15 years.

Homicide and public order offences had decreased but reported sexual assaults had increased - a significant portion of which related to alleged offences against children, Mr Bird said.

Bay of Plenty

Recorded crime in the Bay of Plenty police district has hit the lowest level since electronic records began in 1995 following an 11.7 per cent reduction in the past financial year. It was also the first time since electronic records began that total recorded crime dropped below 30,000 offences.

Burglary offences dropped 14.8 per cent, theft-related offending dropped 10.7 per cent, fraud offences dropped 29.4 per cent, public order offending dropped 12.4 per cent and robbery dropped 3.8 per cent.

Abduction, harassment and related offences increased 11.4 per cent.

Central

For the seventh year in a row, recorded crime in the Central police district continued a downward trend, however this year's drop was only slight at 0.7 per cent.

Acting district commander Superintendent Sue Schwalger said public place assaults were at an all time low per head of population and burglary and robbery offences were also at their lowest levels since 1996.

Efforts from local businesses, community patrols, neighbourhood support and Maori wardens had all contributed to a substantial drop in public place assaults, Ms Schwalger said.

Eastern

The Eastern police district had a 1.7 per cent decrease in recorded crime in the past financial year, coming down to 22,919 recorded offences .

Public order offending in the district dropped by more than 20 per cent, drug-related offending dropped by almost 12 per cent and murders dropped from nine to two in the past year.

The number of reported assaults slightly increased, up 1.4 per cent to 3385 recorded offences, fraud-related offending increased also, by almost 16 per cent and robberies in the district were up by almost 14 per cent.

Wellington

The Wellington police district had a 0.8 per cent drop in recorded crime in the past year, coming down to 35,477 recorded offences.

The Hutt Valley saw the biggest decrease, down 2.4 per cent, followed by Wairarapa (down 1.7 per cent) and Kapiti Mana (down 0.7 per cent). Recorded crime in Wellington increased slightly, up 0.7 per cent.

Across the district, harassment and threatening behaviour increased by more than 22 per cent, robberies increased by almost 12 per cent and the number of assaults saw little change.

Sexual assaults dropped by almost 12 per cent and public order offending in the district saw a drop of more than 17 per cent.

Tasman

The Tasman police district - which covers Marlborough, Nelson Bays and the West Coast - had a 2.9 per cent fall in total recorded crime in the past financial year, bringing it to the lowest level since electronic records began in 1995-96.

Serious assaults resulting in injury reduced for the second consecutive year and have hit a nine-year low and public place assaults have also continued a downward trend, hitting a 12-year low.

Burglary offences had risen, which would result in an increased focus on the area district commander Superintendent Richard Chambers said.

Canterbury

Recorded crime in the Canterbury police district is at a record low after falling nearly 9 per cent in the past financial year.

A total of 39,064 offences were recorded in Canterbury for the 12 months to 30 June 2014, compared to 42,722 in the previous financial year.

Theft and related offences continued to make up the majority of recorded crime, followed by unlawful entry and burglary, property damage and public order offences.

The largest decrease was seen in public order offences, which fell 32.5 per cent.

Five murders were recorded across the district, compared to four the year before and ten in the 2011/12 financial year.

Southern

Recorded crime in the Southland police district fell 5 per cent in the past financial year, with the number of recorded offences dropping to 6684.

Southland area commander Inspector Lane Todd said police in the district had a greater focus on victims with several prevention plans concentrating on the drivers of crime.

"There continues to be significant decreases in alcohol-related offending in the Invercargill CBD and this is directly attributed to reduced licensed premise hours and police-led prevention plans."

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