Police have just published a table recording the statistics from 1926 to 2017 and are pleased with the strongly downward trending murder rate for the last 35 years since 1982.
- You can view Police comments on these figures here:
Some sad details are that around 75% of homicide victims are Maori.
- And around 20% of victims are 'ex-partners' .. of whom 75% were females.
I can't comment as I know only what I'm told ..
Facts are interesting things as they often can be used to support conflicting interpretations and opinions.
- The most telling related FACT that I've noted recently is that violent crime in the UK is more than FOUR TIMES HIGHER than in "gun crazed USA".
New Zealand: 1,400. <~ That's surprising eh.
Correct - These data suggest Violent crime in New Zealand - while considerably less than UK - is more than THREE TIMES higher than America.
Population Density - especially over-crowding into cities is a huge factor in violent crime.
Note: Comparison of crime figures from different countries is problematic due to varying definitions & methods of recording.
Perhaps the answer is MORE guns?