Property-related victimisations

A victimisation refers to an instance of a person, organisation or premises being exploited for a given type of offence (where an offence is any act or omission by a person that is subject to a penalty imposed by the New Zealand legal system). Property-related offences are defined as those where the intent of the offence is to obtain property or in some cases to obtain ‘a benefit’ (an advantage or privilege). The methods of acquisition include theft, the use of extortion or blackmail, or the use of deception [16].

This indicator presents the number of victimisations (theft, burglary, robbery and extortion) by month for the Canterbury Metro Area (includes Christchurch City and Lyttelton; excludes Akaroa, Lincoln, Rolleston, Kaiapoi), from July 2014 to March 2018.

The figure shows reported monthly victimisation data for the period July 2014 to March 2018. The number of victimisations for theft has fluctuated from a low of 893 in September 2014 to a high of 1,311 in July 2015, and was 1,140 in March 2018, the most recent data. It is not possible to discern any trend from these data. Victimisations for burglary have ranged from a low of 352 in July 2014 to a high of 601 in January 2017, and in March 2018, there were 526 burglary victimisations recorded. There appears to be an overall increasing trend in the number of burglary victimisations. Victimisations for robbery and extortion are recorded at substantially lower numbers and appear relatively stable, ranging from a low of 11 in January 2015 to a high of 60 in August 2016. Note that statistical trend analyses were not available for any of these data.

Data Sources

Source: New Zealand Police.
Survey/data set: Administrative data to March 2018. Access publicly available data from NZ Police website
Source data frequency: Monthly.

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Updated: 21/11/2018