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If you are threatened for money or property

  • If a person threatens or intimidates you for money or property or forces you to behave in a particular way, then telephone police on 111.
  • If someone threatens or attempts to kidnap you, then telephone police on 111.
  • Police treat this type of crime very seriously and have a very good record of solving it.

Kidnapping and blackmail or extortion

Kidnapping, blackmail or attempts to kidnap or extort money are considered serious crimes in New Zealand. Kidnapping is the unlawful detention of a person without their consent. Blackmail is the use of threats to extort property (including money) or to compel a victim to behave in a particular way These are serious offences in New Zealand punishable by up to 14 years in prison. More than 70 percent of Kidnappings or blackmail/extortion reported to Police in New Zealand result in offenders being prosecuted.

Immigration fraud

It is your choice to use an immigration agent or representative and you are responsible for any documents provided to the Immigration Service by your agent or representative. The supply of false visas, permits and other documentation is fraud and Police treat this matter seriously. If you think someone has deliberately given you false immigration information or advice and you have paid for their service, then you should report this to the Police and the New Zealand Immigration Service.

Financial fraud

To avoid being tricked or cheated out of your money, Police advise dealing with well-known and respected financial institutions when borrowing or investing money. Keep credit cards, cash machine cards and identity numbers in a safe place. Do not give these identification numbers (PINs) to anyone. Always ask for identification from someone who wants to pay you for goods or services by cheque. If you think a person or a financial company is trying to cheat you, contact the Police. Read more on Credit Card Fraud.

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Hate crime

New Zealand Police, and people in New Zealand generally, do not tolerate offences based on a person's race. These offences are also known as "hate" crime. Where such crimes are reported to Police they are vigorously investigated. Police work closely with representatives of ethnic communities and organisations like the Human Rights Commission to protect the rights and freedoms of all communities in New Zealand. If you are aware of racially motivated abuse or violence against members of your family or community you should report it.