- Crime rise (Live cross, Francesca Mold)
- Crime crackdown (Live cross, Melissa Stokes)
- Napier siege (Catherine Wedd)
- Ferry disaster (Exclusive, live cross, Barbara Dreaver)
- Tobacco statistics
- Stunt rider sentencing (Simon Shepherd)
- Whaling proposal (Charlotte Tonkin)
- Dollar drops (Tony Field)
- Crime rise (Patrick Gower)
- Spring snowstorms (Kim Chisnell)
ONE News’ lead story was pretty much a repeat of last night – a repeat of the crime stats and then trying to find out who to blame for the rise, more political sounds-bites. In the midst of all this, there’s a huge statistic that’s quickly mentioned: police have had the highest percentage of solved crimes since the late 1970s. Irrespective of your politics, surely this should be a figure of interest? Also briefly mentioned, the more police there are (and there are more) the more crime that is caught.
I thought the second story had some good figures and perspectives in it though.
It was a very strange lead story on 3 News – they seemed more interested in repeatedly showing the stunt video complete with music than anything.
3 News focussed on P crime stats but their figures are wrong:
Up 19% or 20,000 more offences”
Firslty 451,000 seems very high. I tried to find the figure in the police report but all I could find was: 70,283 “Drugs and antisocial”, up 14.3% on 2008.
Even if 451,000 was correct, the increase of 19% or 20,000 is contradictory.
431,000 up to 451,000 is an increase of 4.6%, not 19%.
When will the news bulletins get basic percentage changes correct and when will they get a sense of whether numbers make sense?
Update: I hunted in the report for the 451,000 figure. That is the total of all recorded crimes in 2009 and is up 4.9% on 2008!!