Data and statistics user guides

Data and statistics user guides

Date Published: 
November 2016

The five reports available from contain data from the Recorded Crime Victims Statistics (RCVS) and the Recorded Crime Offenders Statistics (RCOS) collections.

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

These statistics present a detailed 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.

RCVS and RCOS were introduced in 2014-15. Updated RCVS and RCOS data are released at the end of every month to provide the most up-to-date information possible. They replace crime statistics 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.