NZ’s murder rate has dropped, but child victim rate ‘disturbing’

Drive 28/09/2018

New Zealand’s murder rate is the lowest it has been in four decades, according to police.

The latest figures have revealed that 658 people were killed between 2007 and 2017, including manslaughter.

That makes an average of 74 homicides per year, with a reduced average from 2012 to 2016.

“Whilst we have a reduction, we don’t get complacent around these stats,” said Det Supt Tim Anderson.

But while the murder rate has significantly dropped, it appears that disturbing number of those killed are children.

Children under five made up 12 percent of homicide victims.

Det Supt Anderson told RadioLIVE that the number is “disturbing” for detectives.

Sixty-three people were killed by either their current or ex-partner between 2007 and 2011, dropping to 52 between 2012 and 2016. Around 75 percent of the victims were female.

The report found approximately a third of all homicide victims were Māori and around 62 percent of all victims were male. Children under five made up 12 percent of homicide victims.

The report shows the murder rate has hit its lowest since 1970. 

Listen to the full interview with Tim Anderson above.

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