Crime in Auckland, New Zealand

Crime rates in Auckland, New Zealand

Level of crime
47.58 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
64.46 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
47.76 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
41.38 Moderate
Worries car stolen
43.80 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
51.33 Moderate
Worries attacked
41.13 Moderate
Worries being insulted
45.56 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
33.40 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
57.65 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
54.97 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
44.16 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
26.92 Low

Safety in Auckland, New Zealand

Safety walking alone during daylight
71.36 High
Safety walking alone during night
42.80 Moderate

Contributors: 395

Last update: January 2021

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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18 Comments so far
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.
olly brett on Jan 31, 2018:
heard its a hotspot for rape... sounds like a fun place to b :)
Whoru on Jan 20, 2018:
Auckland now becomes more dangerous compared to past ten years. Young people are getting drunk and making troubles to people walking on the street or even in the vehicle at weekends (11pm-2am). I saw few people (with brown skin color) were stopped few vehicles at scene St and trying to jumped on their vehicle. I have no idea if those drivers called the police. But at least this is happening and no one stop them. Good luck, Auckland is no longer safe for you all.
itsa me on Dec 03, 2017:
I have lived in east Auckland from 1998 to 2008

It is sad because it borders with south auckland which is just a area infested with crime. the east is normally quite a safe area but south aucklanders travel to do their low life crimes in the east.

The city is also one of the most disappointing CBDs in the developed countries. It is literally the one of the scariest places to be at night, it IS NOT SAFE AT ALL.

I had friends telling me they would be scared to eat in the CBD macdonalds because they get their phone snatched if they put it on the table while eating.

There are alot of racists as well driving in their cars yelling racial insults.

Compared with other economically developed cities in the oceania region such as Sydney/Singapore or even Wellington, Auckland is just a mess. Disgusting, to be frank.
f dx on Oct 14, 2017:
I've lived in Auckland on and off for 40 years. It's a large city and has it's share of crime but by international standards it's quite safe.
Like any large city one needs to be aware of their surroundings, act confidently and be assertive.
Having had the National Right wing party in power for the last 9 years and their gutting of social services, the raising of taxes for the poorest and with their ''lock 'em up and throw away the key''policies has done nothing to assuage the problems of youth crime, Instead it has exacerbated it further.
Auckland is a unique city, a fantastic place for outdoor activities, first class beaches and harbours, its clean air and the ability to catch fish in the clean water is like none other.
sam on Jan 26, 2017:
Auckland is NOT safe. maori and pacific islanders are the issue. these youngsters don't respect to others. they have no education, no job, no family but a strong body (due to junk food) to insult and rob good citizens. Law is a joke, always favours criminals instead of victims. police is hopeless too, not corrupted but 100% useless! they are the last thing you want to get in touch with when you are in trouble.