Individual safety and security

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

Individual safety and security is important because both safety and security affect an individual’s well-being. Safety is freedom from physical or emotional harm. Security is freedom from the threat or fear of harm or danger.

Threats to safety and security come in many forms, ranging from deliberate violence to accidental injury. Violence and injury, at their most extreme, threaten life itself. In other cases, they reduce the quality of life of the victim and, often, of those close to them.

  • Death from assault

    The number of people who have died as a result of an assault, per 100,000 population.
  • Motor vehicle casualties

    The number of people killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes as a proportion (per 100,000) of the total population.

  • Trust in others

    The proportion of the population aged 18 years and over reporting that people can ‘almost always’ or ‘usually’ be trusted.
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