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Crime and justice

Statistics about crime and justice include the number of apprehensions and crimes recorded by the New Zealand Police, prosecutions and convictions in the criminal courts, the types of sentences imposed, and information on the number of people who are in prison or serving community-based sentences.

Latest news

Crime statistics: Recorded crime statistics move to NZ Police website – media release (November 2016)
From November 2016 the recorded crime (RCVS and RCOS) data release will move from NZ.Stat to a new reporting tool accessible from the Police website (policedata.nz). The new tool will present data in a series of standardised, user-friendly interactive reports.

Crime statistics: September 2016 – media release (October 2016)
Summary table of victimisation statistics, published monthly using New Zealand Police figures. It includes links to more detailed tables released on NZ.Stat. 

Criminal conviction and sentencing tables: Fiscal year (September 2016)
The latest fiscal year criminal conviction and sentencing tables. These collections are sourced from Ministry of Justice data, and provide information on prosecutions and convictions relating to both charges and people – by court, type of offence, demographics, and type of outcome or sentence.

Child and youth prosecution tables: Fiscal year (September 2016)
The latest fiscal year child and youth prosecution tables. These collections are sourced from Ministry of Justice data, and provide information on prosecutions and convictions relating to both charges and people – by court, type of offence, demographics, and type of outcome or sentence. 

Review of the New Zealand crime and safety survey and other statistical information about the social impact of crime: 2016 (July 2016)
Sets out the results of a review by a four-person team at Statistics NZ. Written at the request of the Ministry of Justice.

Analysis of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015 (May 2016)
An analysis of reported victimisations of assault, sexual assault, and robbery offences, in public spaces, by area unit, for the calendar year 2015. The analysis includes counts and the rates of victimisation per 10,000 estimated resident population.

Prison and community-sentence population tables (April 2016)
The latest 2014/15 fiscal year, and revised 2014 calendar year tables. These collections are sourced from Department of Corrections data, and provide breakdowns by age, sex, ethnicity, offence, and duration of remand, sentence or order.

Data

Analyse the numbers.

Prison and community-sentence population tables
These tables provide information on prisoners and community-sentences managed by the Department of Corrections. Published by calendar year and fiscal year, the data includes offence type and duration.

Access to recorded crime statistics changes
New Zealand Police produces statistical data on victims of crime and alleged offenders dealt with by Police. The two data series are Recorded Crime Victims Statistics (RCVS) and Recorded Crime Offenders Statistics (RCOS). From 30 November 2016, release of RCVS and RCOS data has moved from NZ.Stat to Police's new reporting tool (policedata.nz), which is accessible from the Police website (www.police.govt.nz).

New Zealand recorded crime tables
These six-monthly tables provide the number of offences recorded and resolved by the Police, where these offences occurred, and changes over time at the national and subnational level. The tables also provide apprehension statistics, showing demographic information on the persons apprehended and how their offending was resolved by Police. These have been replaced by the monthly RCVS and RCOS, and will no longer be updated.

Criminal conviction and sentencing tables 
These six-monthly tables provide information on prosecutions and convictions relating to both charges and people – by court, type of offence, demographics, and type of outcome or sentence. Available from NZ.Stat.

Child and youth prosecution tables
Information on the number of children and young people prosecuted and sentenced in court. Available from NZ.Stat.

Find out more about NZ.Stat.

Reports and articles

Explore information we’ve gathered from research and analysis.

Review of Police crime data: 2014 (published 2015)
Results of our review of the quality of police crime data, at the request of New Zealand Police to determine if the right infrastructure and systems are in place to assure the quality of the data and to recommend any measures that might be needed to bring the infrastructure and systems up to a standard needed to support the production of Tier 1 crime statistics.

Progress report for 2009 review of crime and criminal justice statistics: July 2013 (published 2013)
The fourth annual report on implementing the recommendations of the review of crime and criminal justice statistics.

Progress report for 2009 review of crime and criminal justice statistics: June 2012 (published 2012)
The third annual report on implementing the recommendations of the review of crime and criminal justice statistics.

Progress report for 2009 review of crime and criminal justice statistics: July 2011 (published 2011)
Summary of progress on implementing the recommendations of the review of crime and criminal justice statistics.

Crime victimisation patterns in New Zealand (published 2010)
Comparison of results from two surveys to see if the socio-demographic characteristics of victims are similar.

Ageing and violent crime in New Zealand (published 2010)
Paper that presents the trends in age-sex specific offence and apprehension rates for violent crime in New Zealand. Also discusses the impact of population change on offence rates and justice sector expenditure for violent crime.

View more reports and articles about crime and justice.

Information about data

Get technical information such as classifications used, survey design, and a glossary of statistical terms.

Changes in published homicide statistics 2006–08 
Information on revisions to homicide statistics.

Offence categories 
Information on the offence classification adopted by the justice sector in July 2010.

Page updated 30 November 2016

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