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Is New Zealand a Safe or Dangerous Country?New Zealand is a very safe country. We recommend exercising normal safety precautions. An offense like a theft is by far the most common type of crime. Visitors should follow simple precautions as do not leave belongings unattended or forgot valuables in the plain sight in the vehicle. Violent crime associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Noisy bars, aggressive crowds of intoxicated people, or youth groups in the outskirts are better avoided. The spot of the most violent crimes in the country is Queen St. and Karangahape Rd. in Auckland. It includes the area around the Sky Tower and casino. Last year 550 people were the victims of sexual attacks, robberies, and assaults in that area. For more information about the Auckland’s sensitive areas visit a detailed city page.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity. New Zealand has the lowest rate of crimes involving guns in the world. It’s on the 5th place in the list of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Auckland as a big urban area and a destination frequently visited by tourists are affected by pickpockets. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
New Zealand is a country, where an occurrence of kidnappings is low. Mugging is very rare, but the possibility exists, notably in the remote neighborhoods and outskirts of the big urban areas. Remember, no personal possession is worth your life.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Lottery winning scam – you receive a letter, that you won a prize in a lottery. In order to collect your winnings, you are asked to pay a fee for a processing. Inland Revenue scams – Scammers, claiming to be from the appropriate establishment, call people to say that they are being investigated for tax fraud and are asked to pay a debt urgently or go to jail.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
On the whole, there are no transport or taxi risk in New Zealand. We recommend only drive carefully in the poor visibility.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Severe and poorly predictable weather may be an issue in New Zealand. Strong earthquakes are often with an average magnitude of 6. Having a number of volcanos in the active phase, volcanic eruptions may take place. All tourists should be aware of venomous spiders: “redback” and “kapito”.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Though the threat from terrorism is low in New Zealand. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, woman travelers risk seems to be lower than in the main European countries, Canada or USA. However, sexually motivated crimes are still on the rise. SafeAround recommends exercise normal safety precautions and trying to avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night.