Police Assn: Crime rise in Auckland's CBD linked to emergency housing

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 8:19AM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Police Assn: Crime rise in Auckland's CBD linked to emergency housing

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 8:19AM

One reason is being pinpointed for a rise in crime in Auckland's CBD.

More than a thousand people have been assaulted in the city centre this year.

Statistics show a 63 per cent increase in violent crime for the first five months of this year, compared with the same period in 2019.

Police Association president Chris Cahill told Mike Hosking there's been a clear change in demographic.

“The students have gone, the backpackers from overseas have gone, and the city’s been filled with emergency housing and clearly that’s having a big impact on crime.”

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