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Kiwis fell victim to 68,765 burglaries in 2019: Break-in hotspots revealed

        • Approximately 5,730 burglaries took place each month in 2019
        • Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton are the top 3 most-burgled cities
        • Tips for reducing the cost of your home insurance

13 August 2020, New Zealand New Zealand’s leading burglary hotspots have been revealed according to Finder, a home insurance comparison site that has recently launched in New Zealand.

A Finder analysis of New Zealand Police data revealed that a whopping 68,765 burglaries occurred between January and December 2019.

The region with the highest number of burglaries overall was Auckland City, with 21,530 break-ins during 2019 – approximately 14 burglaries per 1,000 people.

In second place was Christchurch City, with 7,066 burglaries overall (19 burglaries for every 1,000 people), followed by Hamilton City, with 3,200 burglaries overall (11 burglaries per 1,000 people).

The analysis also found that the overall number of burglaries increased by 6% between 2018 and 2019, jumping from 64,500 to 68,756.

Kevin McHugh, Finder’s publisher in New Zealand, urged Kiwis to review their home security.

“Burglary rates are increasing throughout certain parts of the country.

“It’s easy to get complacent and think it won’t happen to me, but the data tells a different story.

“Being burgled causes both emotional and financial distress. Not only is your home or business broken into, but the cost of stolen belongings can leave you thousands of dollars out of pocket,” McHugh said.

The area with the highest proportion of break-ins in relation to population in 2019 was Opotiki District, with 29 burglaries for every 1,000 people.

In second place was Napier City with 25 burglaries per 1,000 people, followed by Wairoa District, with 24 burglaries per 1,000 people.

Queenstown-Lakes District was found to be the area with the lowest proportion of break-ins, with just five burglaries for every 1,000 people in 2019.

Finder’s analysis also revealed that the most common time for a break-in is noon on a Monday, followed by Sunday nights from 1am to 3am.

The least likely time for a burglary to occur is 6am-7am from Tuesday to Friday.

McHugh said that house and contents insurance is a good way to arm yourself against thieves.

“Unfortunately, no insurance policy in the world can prevent someone from breaking into your home.

“But if your property does get burgled, house and contents insurance generally covers you for any financial loss incurred as a result.

“Small yet effective measures like installing sensor lights or upgrading old locks on doors and windows can also make a big difference to your home security.

“When choosing a policy, it’s important to find one that best suits your current situation. Jump online and visit Finder to compare house and contents insurance options for free,” McHugh said.

For more analysis and tips on burglaries in New Zealand, visit:

Areas with highest number of break-ins overall

LocationNumber of burglaries
2017201820192020Grand total
Christchurch City6,1727,0577,0662,68722,982
Hamilton City3,5682,9503,2001,30411,022
Wellington City2,0241,6152,1508696,658
Tauranga City1,7081,6031,7006055,616
Rotorua District1,7571,5011,6725995,529
Whangarei District1,6641,5701,4337105,377
Palmerston North City1,7551,3381,6355995,327
Hastings District1,8911,3521,4315925,266
Lower Hutt City1,6651,4541,5315615,211

Source, NZ Police, Finder

Areas with the highest proportion of break-ins per person (2019)

Top break-in areas (in proportion to population)*
1Opotiki District
2Napier City
3Wairoa District
4Rotorua District
5Taupo District
6Horowhenua District
7Thames-Coromandel District
8Hauraki District
9Far North District
10Ruapehu District

Source: Finder analysis of New Zealand Police data

Tips for reducing the cost of your house insurance

  • Secure your home. Installing security screens or purchasing a back-to-base security alarm for your property can lower the cost of your premium.
  • Opt for a higher excess. This is the amount you’ll pay if you need to make a claim. If you agree to pay a higher excess, this will lower the cost of your premium. But in the event you need to claim, you’ll incur a bigger excess fee, so be sure this is something you are comfortable with.
  • Don’t be afraid to switch. Unfortunately, loyalty doesn’t usually reward you with the best deal. If you compare house and contents insurance policies and find a better deal elsewhere, it pays to make the switch.


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About Finder

Finder is a global comparison site, now available in New Zealand. Each month, 90,000 consumers turn to Finder to save money and time, and to make important life choices. In New Zealand we compare credit cards, mortgages, travel insurance, shopping deals and more.

Our free service is 100% independently-owned by three Australians: Fred Schebesta, Frank Restuccia and Jeremy Cabral. Since launching in 2006, Finder has continued to expand and launch around the globe, with offices in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland and the Philippines. For further information visit

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