The National Party has been trying to portray successes in dealing with crime, but the Government looks likely to fail to meet it’s own targets on reducing crime.
Yesterday on Twitter promoting less bad crime statistics:
The government looks unlikely to meet its self-set target for reducing violent crime, under the latest information released for its ‘Better Public Services’ targets.
It might also miss its target for lowering reoffending rates.
The government said it was on track to meet seven of its targets for the delivery of public services, but said four needed “more work” if those targets were to be met.
The Better Public Service targets, which were set in 2012, include welfare dependency, immunisation rates and violent offending.
One of the targets was to reduce the rate of total crime by 20 percent by June 2018, violent crime by 20 percent by June this year and youth crime by 25 percent by June this year.
Total crime is down by 14 percent since June 2011, and youth crime by 32 percent.
However, violent crime has only been reduced by 2 percent since 2011.
Another target was to reduce the reoffending rate by 25 percent by this year, but that has only fallen by 4.4 percent.
The government had earlier signalled it would change the way this was measured because the total number of reoffenders, as opposed to the rate, had dropped by 26 percent.
So some improvements, but more challenges on crime reduction.
One oddity – if crime is reducing as much as is claimed – 14% – why is the Government increasing Police numbers by about a thousand?