BOCSAR data to June 2018 shows incidents in major crime categories in region

CRIME DATA: Most major crime categories across the region have declined, but three have increased. Photo: FILE
CRIME DATA: Most major crime categories across the region have declined, but three have increased. Photo: FILE

CASES of robbery, theft and break and enter have dropped across Orana and the state’s Far West during the past year, new data shows.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released on Wednesday details statewide crime figures for the 12 months to June 2018.

In Orana and the Far West, incidents in 12 of the 17 reporting crime categories have fallen in the past year, two have increased and two have remained stable.

The The biggest reduction was in the number of cases steal from retail store which dropped from 646 to 484, a reduction of 33.4 per cent.

There was also a significant drop in motor vehicle theft from 468 to 363 (down 29.2 per cent) and sexual assault which fell from 228 cases to 178 in the 12 month period (down 28 per cent).

Fewer cases of break and enter dwelling were also recorded, from 1693 to 1344 (down 25.9 per cent), but despite the fall there was the equivalent of more than three a day for a year.

There were also less cases of steal from dwelling 737 to 630 (down 16.9 per cent) and steal from motor vehicle from 1396 to 1199 (down 16.4 per cent).

Malicious damage to property was the most reported crime among the 17 categories, with the equivalent of more than six cases every day across Orana and the Far West.

Cases did, however, fall slightly from 2369 to 2337 during the reporting period which was the equivalent of a 1.3 per cent drop.

While the majority of major crime categories recorded a decline in incidents, there were increases in two categories: domestic violence related assault, and indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences.

There was the equivalent of almost three cases of domestic violence related assault every day during the reporting period with 1277 incidents during the 12 month period. This was up on the 1162 during the the previous year.

Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences cases also increased – from 213 to 273 (up 28.1 per cent).

The same crime category also increased across the state with a 7.3 per cent jump in the number of cases.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the public had greater confidence in alerting police to incidents partly due to recent social campaigns drawing attention to these types of crimes.

“A number of successful police investigations and a well-publicised Royal Commission into historical offences has had a significant impact on increased reporting,” he said.

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