Scope of the New Zealand Crime & Safety Survey

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Knowing what is in and out of scope will help us understand NZCASS statistics.

Who was in scope?

The table below shows who was eligible to be interviewed as part of the NZCASS and who wasn’t.

 In ScopeOut of Scope
  • Usually resident
  • Those who were present at the time of the interview but usually lived elsewhere (either in New Zealand or overseas).
  • Non-New Zealand diplomats and their non-New Zealand staff.
  • People visiting New Zealand for less than 12 months.
  • Non-institutionalised
  • Hospitalised or dependent residents living in homes for the elderly.
  • Those living in correctional facilities (prison).
  • Civilian
  • Military personnel living on military bases.
  • Members of the non-New Zealand armed forces stationed in New Zealand
Māori booster
  • Identified as Māori
Didn’t identify as Māori.
Children/young people
  • People 15 years old and over
Children and young people 14 years old and under.

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What areas and types of dwellings were in scope?

The following table shows what areas and types of dwellings were visited as part of the NZCASS.

 In scopeOut of scope
Sampled areas
  • North Island
  • South Island
  • Waiheke Island
  • All other offshore New Zealand islands
  • Meshblocks containing fewer than nine dwellings
  • Permanent, private dwellings
  • Residents of aged-care facilities living independently in permanent, private dwellings (eg self-contained unit or apartment)
  • Temporary private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Institutions (see ‘residents’ above)

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What offences were in scope?

While some types of crimes or incidents are out of scope due to the intent and/or structure of the NZCASS, others may be out of scope for a particular iteration due to project constraints. For example, an e-crime module was conducted in 2006 but due to competing information needs and limited space in the questionnaire, this has not been repeated.

In scopeOut of scope
  • Sexual violation of women
  • Sexual violation of men
  • Indecent assault
  • Grievous assaults
  • Other assaults
  • Abduction/kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Theft from person
  • Burglary
  • Theft from inside home (right to be there)
  • Theft from outside home, over $10
  • Taking/conversion motor vehicle
  • Unlawful interference / getting into motor vehicle
  • Theft from motor vehicles
  • Taking / conversion / unlawful interference with bicycle
  • General theft of personal property
  • Arson
  • Threatening to kill / assault / threatening behaviour
  • Damage to motor vehicles
  • Wilful damage to household property
  • Wilful damage to personal property
  • Threatening to damage property
  • All offences committed against businesses and public sector agencies, eg stock theft
  • 'Victimless' crimes such as drug offences
  • Homicide and other crimes where no victim is available
  • Crimes against children
  • Incest
  • e-crime/cyber crime
  • Indecent exposure
  • Extortion / blackmail
  • Unlawfully in building (no clear intent to commit offence)
  • Peeping Toms, lurking etc
  • Fraud
  • Other incidents not classified as crimes

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