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You might have heard of dangerous suburbs in Auckland and Christchurch. But you will be surprised to learn that the place with the highest probability to get into trouble in New Zealand is affluent Queenstown.

This is mainly thanks to the drinking culture and partying around the clock. The City Council are permanently discussing how to curb crime in this tourist hot spot, and the only way to cope with the problems is to limit the operating hours of bars that used to be open the whole night. In 2008 a blanket closure of the resort town at 4am has been introduced.

Police statistics published in September 2008 revealed that you are almost twice as likely to be violently assaulted in Queenstown than anywhere else in the country.

The neuralgic area is the central business district. Most assaults happen between 1am and 2pm, and not surprisingly at New Year, Easter or during the peak winter period ? exactly the peak times of the tourist seasons in Queenstown. Interestingly enough the attacker will be a male Kiwi working in the construction industry or as a chef.

In the year to 30 June 2008 there have been 193 reported violent attacks, with the tendency to rising steeply and climbing a lot faster than the population grows. Nearly all attackers (97 per cent) have been affected by alcohol.

The statistics further show that you have a one in 139 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime in Queenstown whereas the average for the rest of New Zealand is one in 202. If it is reduced to attacks against New Zealanders only, it reads even more dramatic (one in 84 in Queenstown, compared to one in 196 for the rest of NZ).

The statistics also show that 17 % of the assaults take place in licensed premises in Queenstown and only in 3 % of the cases in the rest of NZ. The number of violent offenders who had their last drink in a licensed premises was 63 % in Queenstown (20 % in the rest of NZ).

More than 20 % of violent attacks in Queenstown were prompted by an argument in the street, 11 % by someone being removed from a bar or refused entry and 9 % by an argument in a bar.

Perhaps this makes you think twice about getting a drink too many in the early hours in Queenstown.

The story has been published in all major NZ newspapers, here is a link to www.stuff.co.nz (The Press, Dominion Post, Sunday Star Times, etc.):

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  • Updated Dec 25, 2008
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