Your safety in New Zealand could
not be any better if it wasn’t for the many natural
threats such a volcanoes, earthquakes, cyclones etc. Apart
from these things, you will only die from excess of
adrenalin from doing an extreme sport. But of course
accidents do occur on the roads, and even at home, but
statistics show that death from accidents are low. NZ does
not have many dangerous animals
such venomous snakes, and crime is also low.
From 7years I lived in New Zealand the only thief I
saw was my friend Andrew robbing my fridge. Its happened
to me before where I left my a backpack on a picnic table
of a park, and come the next day to find it sitting
happily just where I had left it, with nothing missing
from it. But that was 14 years ago, and things may have
changed a little from then, but not that much…
maybe that backpack would
last 12 hours, patiently sitting there for me to return,
and my bicycle if I parked it without locking it, probably
would take itself for a spin never to return. If I don’t
lock my car properly, it is possible that I will find a
big black hole where my CD player once was. Many sign on
the road today such as “Have you locked your car”,
remind you to double check. The fact is that there are
thieves in every country in the world, but of course in
some there are more than other.
ever are armed, and I have never heard of anyone I know to
be robbed in this way, day or night, in any city in NZ.
But of course it does happen, but its in small numbers,
and when ever it does happen you will be sure to see it on
the national news. The most common armed robberies are by
knife on commercial or retail stores such as petrol
station and convenience stores, not on individuals. Break
ins (house robberies) have also become more frequent, more
so in larger cities, but often it is lack of care from the
homeowner, such as leaving the windows open. Pick
pocketing is almost inexistent, and as long as you take a
little bit of care with your belongings, you should never
have a problem.
in the case of assault with weapons,
is when the special police are called in. This special
unit of ultra trained professionals has all types of
weapons and equipment to deal with the most serious of
situations. To be a policemen in NZ you need to be
tertiary qualified, as well as pass extensive training.
Most police in NZ are very courteous and well educated,
attentive, and never corrupt. Don’t even try to bribe a
police officer in NZ, or you may even end up in Jail. The
police in New Zealand are well paid and you can generally
count on them in any situation.
of the only other few risks,
not taking into account
accidents in which any person can have, would be if you
were to swim or surf in the middle of seals, where a nice
great white shark could confuse you for their favourite
meal, but even so there are no recent cases recorded of
that happening. The only other thing that I can think of
is in the larger cities such as Auckland, at certain times
of the night you may be confronted with drunken thugs,
trying to provoke something. Just ignore them and if you
fell threaten just call the police from you cell
Important: The number for emergencies in NZ including police, fire and
ambulance is 111.
Zealand is one of the safest places in the world, and as long as you
follow the law, you should have nothing to worry about.