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Crime up 53 per cent in some areas
New Zealand|Crime

Crime up 53 per cent in some areas

Labour is calling for more frontline cops to tackle the "big hikes" across assaults, robberies and burglaries, but the Police Minister maintains enough is being done.

Latest burglary stats revealed
New Zealand|Crime

Latest burglary stats revealed

Every house in Masterton would have been burgled in the past 10 months if the national increase was confined to one town, the latest crime figures show.

Watch: Local patrollers 'eyes and ears' for police
New Zealand

Watch: Local patrollers 'eyes and ears' for police

Community patroller Glenn Torrens hasn't actually caught a burglar, but he volunteers his time to help the police to catch them. He is one of 75 members, two-thirds of them retired, of Papakura Community Crimewatch Patrols. They aim to be the police's "eyes and ears".

Watch: Ex-burglar speaks out
New Zealand|Crime

Watch: Ex-burglar speaks out

Adrian Pritchard says he was once a very well known burglar, going from town to town ripping off hundreds off homes. He did over six years of jail from burgling. Today he is a community worker and speaker and helps communities stay safe.

Watch: Thefts pure survival for many
New Zealand|Crime

Watch: Thefts pure survival for many

When the footsteps stopped and he heard the door close, John Mackie would kick, smash and sneak his way into the house he was sleeping under and get to work. He would have a shower, something to eat and wash his clothes before he began searching for things to steal.

Anatomy of a burglary
New Zealand|Crime

Anatomy of a burglary

It can take just seconds for a burglar to smash their way inside a home, but the crimes take weeks and months to crack - if they are ever solved.