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 greater Christchurch area (stations from Canterbury Metro Area and Canterbury Rural combined to approximate the greater Christchurch boundary), from July 2014 to January 2019.

The figure shows reported monthly victimisation data for the period July 2014 to January 2019. The number of victimisations for theft has fluctuated from a low of 892 in September 2014 to a high of 1,734 in November 2018. A pattern of steady increase is apparent since the beginning of 2018. Similarly, the number of victimisations for burglary has ranged from a low of 352 in July 2014 to a high of 845 in January 2019. There appears to be a trend of an overall increase in the number of theft and burglary victimisations. Victimisations for robbery and extortion are recorded at substantially lower numbers. This number appears relatively stable, ranging from a low of 11 in January 2015 to a high of 60 in August 2016 (generally less than 30 per month from mid-2018 to January 2019). Note that statistical trend analysis was not available for any of these data.

Data Sources

Source: New Zealand Police.
Survey/data set: Administrative data to January 2019. Access publicly available data from NZ Police website
Source data frequency: Monthly.

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Updated: 27/11/2019