What this could mean:
- Maybe tougher sentences just don't work
- Maybe crime goes up in a recession, regardless of the law and order policies you adopt.
- This might suggest there is a link between poverty and crime.
- This might in turn suggest working to alleviate poverty could bear more fruit than futile "get tough" policies.
- John Key's plan to reduce crime has joined his cycleway, his plan to catch us up to Australia by 2025, and his plan to save the whales.