The message: be insured, and do everything in your power not to be burgled

The number of reported burglaries remains steady, but police are resolving fewer cases, latest crime statistics show.

The figures, released by Statistics New Zealand today, show an overall 2.8 per cent decrease in the number of crimes reported to police last year.

There were 350,389 recorded offences in 2014 compared with 360,411 in 2013. When adjusted for population growth. this means criminal offences per head of population dropped by 4.2 per cent.

Similarly, the total number of resolved crime in 2014 was lower than in 2013.

Last year 145,367 crimes (41.5 per cent) were resolved, which means an offender was apprehended by police and dealt with, either with a warning or prosecution.

In 2013, 43.9 per cent, or 158,042 crimes, were resolved.

The crimes with the lowest resolution rates were burglary, unlawful entry and breaking and entering.

While the number of these crimes remained fairly steady year-on-year — 53,265 incidents were reported to police in 2014, or 1.9 per cent more than in 2013 — fewer of these crimes were resolved.

Nationwide, 12.1 per cent of those crimes were resolved last year. Auckland had the lowest resolution rate in the country, at 6.1 per cent.

Crimes against property always take a back seat when compared to crime against a person. ?But Aucklanders are staring at a 94% failure rate of any burglary leading to an arrest. ? Recovery of property just doesn’t come into it.

Insurance premiums reflect the fact that a certain percentage of us will claim, but there appears very little success in either preventative action leading to a reduction in burglaries, or an improvement in resolving these crimes.

It’s bad enough to come home and find the house is open and emptied. ?It’s even worse when they were doing it while you were all at home asleep.

Even though these are rated as property crimes, the public feel very personally violated, and it take many years to feel like you are no longer under threat. ?Some people never resolve the feeling of knowing someone walked around their home while the kids were sleeping – unprotected.