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New Zealand: 57% of people polled satisfied with public safety

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Feb 2017

More than half of people (56.9%) are satisfied with public safety in New Zealand, insurer IAG’s National Safety Perception survey has found.
   Results from the survey, which asked people a series of questions to gauge how safe they feel in New Zealand, reveal just over one in five persons (20.5%) had a neutral view of public safety. However, a further one in five (20.9%) felt unsatisfied with public safety.
   The survey commissioned by IAG New Zealand, the country’s largest insurer, measured feelings about public safety, rather than actual public safety in New Zealand.
   The survey also revealed:
  • Almost two-thirds of respondents feel New Zealand is safer than other countries;
  • More than one in three people feel New Zealand is less safe than it was one year ago;
  • The top five offences of most concern to the general public in NZ are: drug dealing; assault; burglary; driving under the influence of alcohol or other substance; and robbery;
  • Drugs were perceived the main driver of crime by the general public in New Zealand;
  • Police and insurance companies were the top two most likely contacts that victims of crime would go to.
   Mr Martin Hunter, EGM Strategy People and Reputation at IAG New Zealand, said: “Insurance has a role in helping individuals recover from losses. If we can understand this better, we can improve products and also use it to influence safety initiatives.”
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