NZ leading in crime prevention

May 1st, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

3 News reports:

New Zealand leads the world in crime prevention and putting victims first, according to a visiting criminologist.

Gloria Laycock, a professor of crime science at University College, London, is in New Zealand for the Leading Justice Symposium, held yesterday in Wellington.

She told attendees, including Prime Minister John Key and Justice Minister Judith Collins, that New Zealand’s approach to fighting crime is working.

“I think you think you’re not doing too well, but I actually think you’re right at the top,” she said on Firstline this morning.

“The way things are going in New Zealand, you’ll be having people beating a path to your door.”

Ms Collins says crime in New Zealand is at a 36-year low, which she attributes to stiffer sentencing, rehabilitation “attitudinal change”, among other things.

The Government has had a sensible mix of policies – taking a hard line on repeat serious and violent offenders, plus making parole and bail harder – but also investing heavily in rehabilitation, drug and alcohol treatments and the like.

14 Responses to “NZ leading in crime prevention”

  1. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    It is sad this has been reported in this way, making it sound as if victims get a fair deal here because even though New Zealand has made some good moves in recent years on this issue – the victims of crimes still miss out big time – reparation is not paid, often not awarded and victims are left being screwed over time and time again – consequently revictimised. There is much more that could be done easily and isn’t.

    Nothing big to celebrate on the victim front as far as I’m concerned. Victims are still not given priority, and mostly their pleas are ignored.

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  2. kowtow (13,197 comments) says:

    Tell that to the old lady who was indecently assaulted in her own home by a career criminal free to prey on the vulnerable.

    3 years for what he did is not good enough.It only encourages the bastards.

    Aotearoa, a country fit for criminals.

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  3. David Garrett (10,972 comments) says:

    You have to remember the good Professor comes from the UK, and is making comparisions with that country…I would be very interested in what she had to say on the individual elements of what we are doing…including of course The Scottish Play… Did she give a radio interview does anyone know??

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  4. Viking2 (14,364 comments) says:

    Just had my empty refurbished house burgled for the 4th time in 6 weeks. Well secured and all. Nothing for stealing this time but a place to sleep. In the past 3 they took work tools, a ladder, copper down pipes and tried to tear down the spouting to take that as well. Middle of the night stuff. No finger prints.

    Yep so crime is on the way down. Or rather crims are just being more clever than the police can be.
    Police have been good but there is just no evidence left behind.
    Local young gangsters for sure.

    Even stole the neighbours bike the other day, broad daylight and they were away for 15 minutes.

    Pieces of shit.

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  5. Harriet (7,520 comments) says:

    Compared to when in other countries ? – Last year ?

    Home, car, and personal security is what keeps crime at bay.

    40yrs ago the public didn’t have that cost.

    The whole crime reduction thing on behalf of government is fucken crap!

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  6. Lucia Maria (4,196 comments) says:


    If I were you, I’d be installing a number of these little recording devices around the place: Mini Day/Night HD Camera with IR – 720p or Digital Wireless Receiver DVR with 7″ LCD & Camera Kit.

    You’d have to hide them, though, as they record to micro sd drives on the units, though the second one sends the data to a receiver that could be hidden and hopefully not stolen.

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  7. wreck1080 (5,014 comments) says:

    But, why do we blame our police for catching dodgy crims?

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  8. backster (2,508 comments) says:

    Tell that to the woman victim recently lambasted by the Judge for declining his demand for a restoration hearing so he wouldn’t have to impose a meaningful sentence.

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  9. jackinabox (781 comments) says:

    “But, why do we blame our police for catching dodgy crims?”

    Speak for yourself wreck1080, they are not MY police, in fact I’ve found them to be so dishonest I’ve trespassed the lot of them from my place.

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  10. anticorruptionnz (251 comments) says:

    The recipe for success is simple
    1. You make it hard to report crime .. you stand at the police station for up to an hour and get told the issue is ” Civil ”
    2. complaints which are taken do not get a file number until they are cleared so that the percentage of clearances is always high.
    3. You ignore fraud and corruption make it difficult to report
    4. You dont prosecute perjury
    5. Criminals can prosecute those who can expose their actions those people are charged with defamation , harassment etc and made out to be the villain
    6. You commit identity fraud crimes, Police dont understand the concept of the different legal structures .
    7. Get transparency International to do an integrity report and pay for the report to be done, and become a member of the society so as to steer the report in the right direction .

    New Zealand is not the least corrupt , it does not have the lowest crime rate, it just has lots of good statisticians, economists and strategists to keep the PERCEPTION alive . Its done just like magic through deception .

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  11. RightNow (7,328 comments) says:

    “Gloria Laycock, a professor of crime science…”

    The puerile side of me is desperate for Paul Henry to report on this.

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  12. anticorruptionnz (251 comments) says:

    email to ‘’

    Good afternoon Gloria

    I am a former Long serving police officer now a Licenced Private Investigator.

    The reality of crime in New Zealand is that we are very good at concealing it .

    Our police is funded through the NZ transport agency and Accident compensation, this ensures that injury incidents and incidents involving vehicles are dealt with extremely efficiently
    However As a fraud investigator I cannot get a complaint dealt with by the police even when it is fully investigated and all evidence is attached.

    I have personal experience of not being able to get a police complaint past the front counter. I know they were offences I was a police prosecutor.

    In 2006 I questioned corruption a man had written legislation to facilitate his own business plan, he then became adviser to the select committee and made an application for coercive law enforcement powers under the animal welfare legislation he had just assisted in , to become a law enforcement authority.

    He made a false claim that the applicants were a group of people, in reality it was just him ( using a document for pecuniary advantage )
    He told lies to the minister relating to the nature of the applicant, the reality was that the name the animal welfare institute of New Zealand ( AWINZ ) was no more than his pseudonym .
    he council officers were trained to become animal welfare officers and carry out the duties normally carried out by the RNZSPCA. He trained them and was paid for training them by his associate the then manager of dog control .

    He became the manager of a local council, ran the dog control section. Re branded this to look just like the fake organisation , even had the council vehicles buildings, hoardings rebranded with the confusingly similar logo.

    If the council officer picked up an incident of abuse they would report it to him as their council boss. He would pass it to himself as the head of the fictional AWINZ , he would pass it to their lawyer.. (yes that was his other hat ) and he would collect the fines and deposit it into an account only he administered.

    In 8 Years I have not been able to get an investigation instead I have been taken to court for defamation, denied my defence of truth and honest opinion and have never been found guilty of defamation but was ordered to pay out some $100,000. The court process has cost me my marriage my family and well over $300,000 hard cash plus loss of earnings

    It has never been investigated, the perjury file I completed was rejected by the police basically lies in court are condoned.

    No minister or government department has looked at it it has been covered up from 40,000 feet.

    Every day I see the victims of crimes. Victims who can’t get the police to act – If you can’t report crime then your crime rate is low

    I know that when I was an officer everything was given a file number now there are not file numbers until the police know they can clear it . Much has changed from the time I started policing in 1974 until now I guess it is my generation which sees the sleight of hand which makes the figures look better. There is not less crime we are just less honest about it and conceal it better.

    Policing should be a service not a business , Economics has destroyed policing as many things are written off because it is simply not economic to deal with. That does not make it any less a crime.

    I just want to put you right on your perception of new Zealand. There are those who try very hard to promote the Least corrupt perception , and that is exactly what it is – a perception promoted by them – which makes it a fraudulent perception .

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  13. Nostalgia-NZ (6,430 comments) says:

    Viking, stolen copper is traceable under the Second Hand Dealers Act, sometimes it can pay to go to the local dealers yourself as they are generally very helpful. The basic observation police require is the obvious question of what would a 17 year old being doing with a copper down pipe, in any event all their details must be kept to complete any purchase and the item held for 14 days.

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  14. anticorruptionnz (251 comments) says:

    response from Gloria

    Dear Grace

    Thank you for taking the trouble to write so comprehensively. I think it is generally agreed that fraud is poorly reported, recorded and detected but my comments about crime in New Zealand related largely to property crime and violence and are based not only on police statistics but also on crime victim surveys both here and in other countries – all of which have reported major falls over two decades.

    Of course there is always more that can be done.

    With best wishes.


    Professor Gloria Laycock, PhD, FRSA, OBE
    UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
    35 Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9EZ
    ++ 44 (0) 20 3108 3272
    ++ 44 (0) 7866748091

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