Crime in Auckland, New Zealand

Crime rates in Auckland, New Zealand

Level of crime
50.59 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
68.24 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
49.61 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
43.58 Moderate
Worries car stolen
46.40 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
53.75 Moderate
Worries attacked
44.29 Moderate
Worries being insulted
48.07 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
35.42 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
59.36 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
57.18 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
47.74 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
27.89 Low

Safety in Auckland, New Zealand

Safety walking alone during daylight
69.96 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.44 Moderate

Contributors: 525

Last update: March 2023

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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39 Comments so far
Kim sung on Mar 13, 2023:
New Zealand crime increased so much. It’s not the greatest country people make it out to be I am much happier in Australia
Rocio de silva on Mar 13, 2023:
I came here as a Tourist from Spain in Jan 2023. Crime is bad in Auckland and Rotorua. When I was in New Zealand I heard criminals killed an Indian shopkeeper. This was done by a Māori or island person. A lot of shops getting robbed and a lot of people being burgled . Most crime appears to be committed by Māori or island people . So if you see a large group at night please avoid. I was staying at a backpackers in Auckland and all the time I was seeing how violent it was people drunk drugged . Also they have a huge problem with gangs there
Anonymous on Feb 04, 2023:
Lived in Auckland my entire life, crime rates have raised significantly, no denial in that, but I have never had any scary incidents or been harassed / robbed ever, even being a female and regularly visiting south Auckland and CBD. I would not be afraid to walk anywhere in Auckland alone in the daytime. Have travelled many places around the world which have been significantly worse, and I think residents here like to over dramatise the danger levels. This is not to say that there isn’t crime or that the police couldn’t be doing a better job, but as far as safety goes, I still consider Auckland to be a safe city that I feel comfortable living in.
ANONYMOUS on Jan 12, 2023:
Back then, I was able to walk around my street or to a nearby dairy with mates or just myself. Nowadays, Auckland has so much crime that I can’t even leave my front driveway/get past the mail box. The news is always filled with gang violence, assault & robbery; streets are filled with high drug addicts; and teenagers are getting involved in stealing, vandalism, etc. The other day my friend was going shopping when the car fllwing behind her opens all four doors, introducing four teenage looking boys with pipes/long stick in hand. They tried to smash her car open and probs would have kicked her out/done worse if she hadn’t quickly drove off. Fr wtflip happened to Auckland??!
Anonymous on Jan 06, 2023:
Have visited many major cities in the world. As single white female. Surprised by how sketchy Auckland has been especially in comparison to Wellington. Have felt unsafe walking around city in the day. Felt unsafe on the bus. Many homeless and drug addicts roaming the streets like zombies. Obviously there are many social issues to be dealt with. Will avoid in future. No plans to return to this city. Waste of time.
Anonymous on Dec 30, 2022:
New Zealand is no longer the great country it once was!!! This Labour (communist), government has stuffed the place in 6 short years. If you are a Criminal, Māori, Gang member who doesn’t want to work for a living and wants a free ride you will do well under this separatist regime. If you are a law abiding, tax paying, immigrant you are totally stuffed!!! I caution you NOT to waste you time going to NEW ZEALAND until this mess is sorted. The rot may have set in too much though!!! Australia is always a better option for immigrants.
Tinky on Nov 18, 2022:
Crime has increased so much. Shootings, ram raids, property crime, seem to be constant and nothing is done about it. It feels unsafe. I feel the police and government don't do much, especially if the crimes are committed by ethnic groups. I would not visit or immigrate, especially to Auckland. Other bigger cities are much safer.
Anonymous on Oct 17, 2022:
I'd love to live in New Zealand suppose to be the prettiest country by far.yall just need to stay strapped what comes around goes around new Zealand I wouldn't be scared to live there I'd stay strapped day n day out pop a mf like no tomorrow.they gotta learn if ya wanna act growen we'll get wat happens to growen an eye for an eye a tooth fo a tooth a life fo a life fair game call it like it's read.
Ludwig (Germany) on Aug 16, 2022:
I visit new Zealand at least once a year. What I have seen is a huge increase in crime in Auckland CBD poverty is the worst I have seen in New Zealand. Per Capita anywhere in the world nz has the most gangs. I used to feel very safe in nz but not anymore crime is bad so be careful and beware especially after dark in the CBD area. There are alot of homeless and packs of people roaming around looking for trouble
Don buckley on Jul 16, 2022:
I was visiting Auckland and New Zealand . I am from a small town in USA called Rhode island . I enjoyed my visit to new Zealand . It is a lovely country however on our last week in Auckland our car got broken into at the hotel car park and some of our possessions stolen. Auckland is by no means safe walking by sky tower I saw people of Maori looking descent doing drugs . Whilst I was in nz there were alot of ram raids and smash and grab type crime mostly committed by Pacific Islanders and Maoris . These ethic groups appear to be the main instigators of crime . I am a black American and can relate to crime poverty etc but what I saw were so many jobs in nz but apparently the Islanders and Maoris don't want to work
Irish tourist on Jul 02, 2022:
Auckland is an eye opener I was a fan visiting here watching rugby .There is alot of crime in Auckland city with homeless beggars everywhere. Car robberies and assaults are common place. It appears most of the crime are comitted by Maori or Pacific Islanders . Our bags were stolen in our hotel not a pleasant place
Tama on Jul 02, 2022:
Crime is rife in Auckland Beware if you a tourist comming here per Capita murders are high burglaries are common and so are assaults the government is very soft on crime
Jason on Jul 01, 2022:
Hobson Street from Sky City to the motorway has transformed into a lawless wasteland of filth with drug dealing and use, assaults and people using sidewalks for toilets… the city government knows full well this is the result of introducing public housing of criminals (and soon-to-be convicts) into high-density housing Watch your back at night.
Ryan on Jun 28, 2022:
Auckland is becomming very dangerous there are gangs of young Polynesians roaming the streets and robbing when they can. Cars are stolen all the time and houses also broken into alot. There are alot of assaults
Gummer on Jun 21, 2022:
I lived in Auckland, every other weekend a large group of gang members would gather at one of our local parks around 1am, form a large circle and scream seigh-heil while they do Nazi salutes and end off barking like dogs, could hear them miles away. They all looked to be severely obese face-tattoo'd pacific islanders dressed in goofy leathers so for these idiots to think that they somehow fit Hitlers idea of the perfect race really speaks volumes about their (severe lack of) intelligence. I blame the NZ school system really, what a bunch of plonkers.
YeahNah on Jun 20, 2022:
Crime is out of control, gangs and social delinquents everywhere. Lots of serious crime like murders and shootings but also lots of petty crime, home breakins etc. Police dont show up to those anymore too busy writing lucrative speeding fines to middle-class mums and dads going a few k's over the speed limit than attend another scary gang or street racer gathering taking over your neighbourhood. Justice system is so weak its laughable, seriously nobody goes to prison here.
Ryan on Jun 17, 2022:
If you are a tourist do not come here crime is rife people are assaulted daily. There are shootouts just about everynight. Burglaries are common and so is ram raids and car theft BEWARE STAY Away from this place
Joon on Jun 14, 2022:
Woke government, woke police, woke judges, cant sent crims to jail that would be racist, to hell with whats left of the decent folk in NZ.
Bayno on Jun 13, 2022:
Auckland is am expensive crap hole. Don't come here. Too many trash human beings roam the streets, its pure lawlessness here now. Drive by shootings, car break ins, fights in broad daylight, pet thieving, the list goes on.. prison? What's a prison? I honestly WISH we had a tough dictator with a back bone to sort this country out. Especially Auckland. And what's with the shitty siren crowd that like to keep people up at 2am every single night? It's the dumbest fad that keeps low IQ entertained and honest workers sleep-deprived.
Anonymous on Mar 28, 2022:
Crime is promoted by New Zealand cops and Government. Cops are only revenue generating system here.
If cops cant catch an ex-prisoner attacking in prime CBD location with complete video footage and numerous CCTVs, it is absolutely evident that they are too busy with self welfare and not crime. Third world countries (as perceived) have a justice system. Not New Zealand. Soon Govt will announce Criminal welfare funds scheme when they run out of our tax money!
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2022:
people up all night in cbd playing ther sirens in their hideous cars crying out for attention,basically saying look at me!look at me!well we are,and we just think what has this country come to,i just think scum in the highest regard.
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2022:
Just disgusting now,people have no respect for elderly and solid kiwis in central city,most people have worked hard all through their lives to secure a home and now braindead eggs driving around all night with their stupid sirens playing the wiggles all night thinking theyre tough,go to work,let people rest,people need to reset their srlf respect levels,im starting to detest these people,their parents and forefathers and mothers would be deeply ashamed.
Reuben on Oct 21, 2021:
I've been living in west Auckland for 2 years now. I'm sad to say that this year the crime in my newly developed area has spiked heavily. Mailbox theft almost every week. Cars being broken into. People walking around with black hoodies late at night in the streets. Some even casually walking into other peoples yards. This is bullshit. We need to be more like China where crimes are NOT tolerated and will result in punishment or death
Anonymous on Oct 11, 2021:
I'm a kiwi who Grew up in west Auckland and since 2006 to 2012 I lived in London And I mean it when I say this I would much rather walk around Otara at night with all my best clothes on then walk around Brixton at night with casual clothes on. The worst parts of South London E.g Peckham, Deptford, And Brixton. those areas and more make the worst parts of south Auckland like Otara and Manurewa look like just your everyday Middle class areas. Auckland Worst Areas just aren't that bad compared to other major cities shitty areas around the world.
Brent on Sep 13, 2021:
It’s not safe at all, the law is useless and led by a puppet government nothing is better here.
John on Aug 30, 2021:
I've lived in auckland all my life and I've never EVER had any problems with islanders from any walks of life, poor, gang affiliated to well to do successful Pacifica. Some have made poor choices in life but they never dump their baggage sh!t on me when I converse with them. Funnily enough the crap i get has always predominantly been aggressive often drunk "i'm so (try)hard" redneck racists of caucasian origin with this entitled deleduded attitude that they own nz. (which they never have orginially). I'm not caucasian or Pacifica origin but an successful business owning NZ citizen but it confound me how many times I get treated as a 2nd class one by the majority of ...well you guess which cultural group.
kai tae on Jan 18, 2021:
They put my people in low income communities and expect not do all in our power just to get a meal, there is a war in these streets and all the govt worries about is which mansion they gonna buy next
Edgar on Dec 12, 2020:
People seem to overrate crime in Auckland. It's very safe for a big city. Could be better. Only somewhat dangerous place is south auckland. Just ask your advisor or someone you know about the south if you have/want to venture and apart from that you're pretty much safe
christiaan stirling on Oct 15, 2020:
ive been robbed twice within the time period of 3 days, by the same people. this wasn't long ago, but as a 14 year old living in Auckland his entire life, I can say that the crime has certainly raised in the last couple years.
suwoop on Aug 19, 2020:
South Auckland ain't a bad place at all. Y'all are just pussiez.
Dane on Jul 25, 2020:
Auckland crime is in the rise but it’s not as bad as places in Europe such as London, Paris or Berlin.
Greg on Jun 06, 2020:
I have moved to Auckland from Hamilton in October 2004.
Homeless and beggars have sure increased.
Only problems I have had it with two people in a hostel and backpackers.
Onen was a player and started competing with me because he liked all the attention from women.
The other threatened to kill me and was prosecuted for it and is now in a psychiatric unit, he was a narcissist bully and like to threaten people..
Its very costly to live alone, but woth it if you can find a suitable place,
I now rent a cosy studio apartment on my own.
I have not been a victim of crime on the street.
Dont make eye contact, or general comments and you wont be challenged.
Carry bags in front of you.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2020:
Having lived in Auckland for 25 years, I can definitely say the city has gotten very bad and no one will officially say anything about it, due to the general snobbery of average New Zealanders thinking New Zealand is the best place in the world, and, anything negative will impact the tourism industry. 

Auckland is a very beautiful city, however, here’s some things to watch out for; 

- Racism is a big problem with Maori. If a Maori commits a transgression against you (e.g. backs into your car, knocks over your drink, their children pull the middle at you, they play the same song on repeat at full volume at 3am) then any sort of blame directed at them will generally result in them reminding you, that, they are “Tangata whenua” (Maori word for people of the land) and that, you should, f**k off and go back to your own country.

- Never walk down Queen street alone at night, a cesspool of human filth populate this stretch and may approach you, yell at you, cars full of primitive islanders may drive by and yell things out the window at you, Indians will hit on you and it’s very hard to shake them off.

- South Auckland is made up of mainly state houses, provided to uneducated, low intelligence people incapable of integrating into society, mainly Maori and Islanders. Very few social programs help these people because their low IQ hinders education, it is extremely racist to mention this, however, no eye brows are raised when the inhabitants call you a “honky” or “palangi”. As a result of this high human garage concentration, crime is very rampant in South Auckland.

- The only reason most people visit South Island is the abundance of “tinny houses” - state houses which discretely sell marijuana if you know which door/window to knock on.

- Gangs are a very prevalent in New Zealand. Due to the unforgiving nature of the criminal justice system, coupled with the lower intelligence of native peoples, joining a gang provides many people an escape from the demands of society and focus on working together to enrich their lives with proceeds of crime, namely, selling hard drugs.

- When a Maori/Islander attempts to communicate with you, if you struggle to comprehend what they are trying to say, NEVER respond with the word “WHAT”. Responding with “what” triggers an almost uncontrollable escalating melt down which has a high probability of resulting in serious injury to yourself via a frenzied assault. Your best course of action is to avoid eye-contact, concentrate on escape routes and attempt to distance yourself as quickly away from the situation.

- A sign of trouble while at the beach or park is the arrival or sighting of a “people mover” - these are usually vans or mini-vans (generally exceeding laws on window tinting) which disregard capacity and road safety regulations to transport large units of Islanders. Their presence increases the risk of crime and is greatly multiplied by multiple “people movers” parked together.

- Do not leave your car parked on the side of the road at night, you are at extreme risk of it being broken into or stolen. This has occurred 6 times to myself in different suburbs around Auckland.

- Police in Auckland are generally very good, if you approach them in a humble manner they will treat you very well.
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2020:
Auckland is not a very safe place. Here is the latest news below as of 1st March 2020 -

Multiple murders in different parts of the city. South Auckland is notorious for crime, FEW examples being areas such as Otara and Mangere. Don't go to secluded and empty parks in South Auckland alone, even during day time. There are prying criminal eyes who wait for opportunities to strike. I myself narrowly evaded an attack at a South Auckland park (infact, it was the park ,from memory, either on or off Massey road in Mangere) during broad daylight.

Islanders are a huge problem here and contribute to most of the crimes. A lot of them are uneducated,uncivilised, aggressive and criminally inclined. While islanders bare dispersed in many areas, be especially careful in South Auckland.
Stephen on Dec 13, 2019:
Visiting from Melbourne I've had high hopes. I've been in Auckland for a little over 48 hours now. 5 minutes after I left the airport I was circled by 3 Maori kids on dirtbikes wearing no helmets and bandanas covering their face. The next day out in the city at night I was harassed by homeless and junkies constantly. Then, the following night I was cornered by another junkie who threatened to kill me if I didn't buy him some Woodstock bourbons so I ran away. Later that night, walking home feeling like an outsider, thinking that there's no hope for this town I find that my clothes have all gone missing from the clothes line out the back. I'm never coming to this disgusting city ever again.
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Be careful in Auckland. Whatch after you belongings and do not leave them in the case. In case of crime NZ police is useless. They will not help you.
Anonymous on Jun 20, 2019:
Dont go down to south auckland and make eye contact with any islanders and youll be right
Not Saying on May 06, 2019:
In Auckland city You see lots of indians harrsing girls asking for there numbers and begging for it, You also see alot of homeless people and polys who scare and harss people
Paul Cotterell on Mar 08, 2019:
Auckland made a poor impression to me along queen street with a large number of beggars. Being the Main Street some greater efforts to assist these needy with food and clothing may help improve lives and the districts look and feel.