National’s focus on reducing crime is paying off. The number of young people (aged 10 to 16 years) appearing in court has more than halved since 2007.
Statistics for 2014 show more than 400 fewer young people appeared in court than in 2013 – the lowest number in more than 20 years. This is also more than 50 per cent lower than the peak in 2007.
The number of adults appearing in court fell by 8,000 people – 9 per cent – and the total number of adult charges laid in court is down 12 per cent – nearly 30,000 charges. That’s 125,000 fewer charges than in 2009.
National’s worked hard to reduce crime in our communities and keep families safer, these results show we’re on the right track.