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Analysis of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015

These tables and maps cover reported victimisations of assault, sexual assault, and robbery offences, in public places, by area unit, for the calendar year 2015. It includes counts, and rates per 10,000 estimated resident population.

Key findings:

  • 24,035 public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies were recorded by Police in 2015. 
  • The national average rate of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015 is about 52 per 10,000 estimated resident population.
  • The highest victimisation count by area unit occurs in central business districts of main urban areas.
  • Over one-fifth (about 21 percent) of all area units have no victimisations of this kind in 2015.
  • Almost three-quarters (about 74 percent) of all area units have a victimisation rate less than the national average rate.
  • Only about 10 percent of all area units have a victimisations rate more than twice the national average rate.

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Read the media release: Analysis of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015

Analysis of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015 (Excel)

  1. Main urban areas with population estimates greater than or equal to 3,000, top 10 results
  2. Main urban areas with population estimates less than 3,000, top 10 results
  3. Secondary urban areas, top 10 results
  4. Minor urban areas, top 10 results
  5. Rural areas, top 10 results

Analysis of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015 (CSV)

  1. All area unit results

NZ Police victimisations for assault, sexual assault, and robbery offences by meshblock, July 2014–February 2016 (Excel)

  1. Meshblock results

Maps of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015

  1. All area unit results

Note of caution

Please be careful when interpreting 'rate per 10,000 population' and 'rate ratio of NZ average rate' values, and when comparing area units with different urban area types and different population estimate values. Victims and offenders may not necessarily reside in the area unit where victimisations occur, so to effectively compare like for like, we should compare like population types and counts.

Please be very careful when interpreting 'rate per 10,000 population' and 'rate ratio of NZ average rate' values, and when comparing area units with low population estimate values. Victims and offenders may not necessarily reside in the area unit where victimisations occur, so it is easy to misinterpret figures occurring in area units with moderate victimisation counts but low population estimates as having high victimisation rates.

Where we advise caution in interpreting the data, particularly for areas showing high crime rates, the New Zealand Police may be able to provide you with more context to help with interpretation.

Related websites

NZ's most violent city spots revealed

NZ Police crime statistics 

Published 6 May 2016

Updated 20 May 2016

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