Recorded Crime Victims and Offenders Statistics (RCVS and RCOS)

Recorded Crime Victims and Offenders Statistics (RCVS and RCOS)

Date Published: 
November 2016

Recorded victims and offenders statistics are available from They show the monthly data collected on victims and offenders from July 2014 onwards.

The collections are known as the Recorded Crime Victims Statistics (RCVS) and the Recorded Crime Offenders Statistics (RCOS).

These statistics present a more complete picture of who is affected by crime in New Zealand, who is committing it, the relationship between offender and victim, and how offenders are being dealt with.

The statistics are released at the end of every month to provide the most up-to-date information possible. They replace figures previously released twice-yearly.

You can find out more about these new statistics in the RCVS briefing (PDF, 314KB) and RCOS briefing (PDF, 253KB).

User manuals on RCVS (PDF, 390KB) and RCOS (PDF, 339KB) are also available. 

RCVS is about victims of crime, so only includes crimes that clearly have an identified victim. RCOS includes crimes that do not have a clear victim, such as drug offences.