About the data
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).
RCVS reports counts victimisations and unique victims. RCOS reports count proceedings against offenders and unique offenders. RCVS and RCOS are based on similar collections in Australia.
How to access recorded crime statistics
See New Zealand Police crime statistics for data released from 30 November 2016.
Until November 2016, Police did not have a tool that could report data in an accessible online interactive way. To support Police, Statistics NZ disseminated their recorded crime statistics through NZ.Stat on the Statistics NZ website.
Police has now implemented a user-friendly interactive reporting tool. RCVS and RCOS data has moved from NZ.Stat to this new reporting tool (policedata.nz). The Police website is now the official source of recorded crime data.
Crime statistics from prior to 2014 remain available on the Statistics New Zealand website.
See Crime statistics: Recorded crime statistics move to NZ Police website – media release for further information.
These monthly reports form the new Tier 1 crime statistics.
Statistics NZ continues to have a role
All statistical information published by government agencies is considered to be official statistics. Statistics NZ provides oversight and advice to agencies, including Police, about the official statistics they produce. The purpose of this oversight and advice is to ensure the relevance, integrity, quality, coherence, accessibility, and good management practice of the statistical information that agencies produce.
Statistics NZ will continue to provide oversight and advice to Police about official statistics, irrespective of the change to disseminating data, and will maintain links to the new reporting tool from the Statistics NZ website.
Updated 18 January 2017