The Police stats out today shown crime overall down, but violent crime has risen. Violent crime is what most people want to be falling, rather than arrests for anti-social behaviour etc.
In Wellington violent crime went up 5.3% with almost 300 more offences.
Sometimes you need to even break the group categories down. Sexual offences dropped 5.1% but looking closer sexual attacks went up 6% and immoral behavior dropped 25%. Key thing is to look beyond the topline figures.
Much of the overall drop is due to 20% to 35% drop in drug offences. Now this does not mean there are less drugs – just less arrests. Again one needs to know the difference between a drop in crimes which have a victim/complainant and crimes which depend on police resources.
UPDATE: Antarctic Lemur has a good post highlighting that the major falls are in areas where numerous police officers had claimed they had been discouraged from pursuing, in order to keep the stats good.