Where in Wellington are you least likely to become the victim of a crime?

Figures routinely released by NZ Police show the safest places in the capital - that is, the places where the least victimisations have been reported in the past three years.

The safest place in Wellington City is a spot many people might never have a reason to visit.

Takapu Valley has only had five reports of someone falling victim to a crime between July 2014 and August 2017, according to police data. Those five crimes were all related to unlawful entry, burglary, or breaking and entering.


"There's only 30 houses in the valley," said resident Stephen Mulholland.

"I'm surprised we had five burglaries ... it feels very safe to us.

"The value is the fact that it's a dead-end road, so we don't get the pass-through traffic, and also with a small number of residents we all kind of know each other."

About a third of the residents work from home or work on their farms as well, meaning there is less opportunity for criminals to strike.

Next in line was Newlands East, with 10 victimisations reported in the past three years.

"In Auckland when I was growing up we had good suburbs and we had bad suburbs," said Newlands East resident Linda Hodges.

But in Wellington it was a more a case of having good and bad "pockets" within suburbs, she said.

"I lived in, I would say, a wealthy street, but then I would go two or three streets up and I would see graffiti."


She suspected the reports of victimisations were lower in her area because it cost more to live there.

"You probably don't get the socio-economic group that feels the need to commit crime."

Horokiwi was the third safest spot, which again likely had something to do with the lower population and the fact it was not a place people would normally drive through.

The 11 reported victimisations were all to do with theft and burglary related offences, except for one act intended to cause injury.

A resident who didn't want to be named said there were only about 60 or 70 houses in the area, and they had organised a hidden camera in the entrance to the suburb so they were able to get footage of vehicles coming in and out.

The Wellington city marinas came in fourth safest, with 12 reports, something resident Mark Waters said might come down to the fact the marina was similar to a gated community.

Waters lives on a boat at Chaffers Marina, and said there used to be issues with people trying to break into boats, but that has decreased since access to the piers was restricted to those with a swipe card.

Having the apartments overlooking the marina also likely contributed to a lack in crime, he said.

The fifth safest place in Wellington is Ngauranga West, a non-residential area.

James Sillay has run his business, Sillay Engineering, in the area for 30 years, and said the only incident he can remember was having his car stolen in 1996.

"There really has been very little trouble in that time," he said.

"I find it surprisingly not bad."

There have been 20 victimisations reported in the area in the last three years.

It is the same area where a Wellington taxi driver was seriously assaulted, shoved into the boot of his vehicle, and kidnapped in August this year.

Two people have been arrested and charged with the alleged crime, which happened on Jarden Mile.

The police data does not show the victimisations in a per capita format, which means certain blocks can have significantly higher numbers than others.

The most likely place in Wellington to fall victim to a crime is from Willis St to Cambridge Terrace, were 6173 victimisations were reported in the three years. Within that block, the section of streets along Courtenay Place, between Cambridge Terrace and Tory Street.

That section, which is littered with bars and restaurants, is responsible for 952 of the victimisations reported.

Most of the crimes were again related to theft and burglary, but a chunk were also acts intended to cause injury.

Data taken from the police statistics can be found at the Herald Insights Counting Crime page.