Table 1

Correlation matrix of New Zealand Police recorded crime rates by type, weapon use and time of day across census area units inhabited by New Zealand General Social Survey participants

Category label and definitionMean (SD)Percentiles (25th, 50th, 75th)TotalViolentPropertyDishonestyDrugWeapon
Total crime2.2 (2.2)(0.7, 1.4, 3.3)
Violent crime (minor assault, serious assault and grievous assault)1.0 (1.4)(0, 0.7, 1.3)0.56
Property crime (burglary and theft)0.5 (0.8)(0, 0.3, 0.7)0.420.64
Dishonesty crime (involving destruction of property)0.7 (1.1)(0, 0.3, 1.0)0.420.490.52
Drug and antisocial crime (drug related and disorder)0.6 (1.2)(0, 0, 0.7)0.460.450.460.35
Crime with a weapon0.1 (0.3)(0, 0, 0)*0.320.510.500.340.38
Crime at night (committed between 20:00 and 7:59)1.2 (1.6)(0, 0.7, 1.7)0.560.800.650.570.570.48
  • Mean annual rate of crime was calculated for 2008–2010 using count per 100 000 residents for each census area unit; descriptive statistics and Pearson's correlations shown are calculated across individual NZGSS participants (N=6995).

  • *The rate of crime with a weapon had a 90th centile of 0.3.

  • NZGSS, New Zealand General Social Survey.