DOMESTIC violence assaults may have increased in Dubbo, but NSW Police Superintendent Peter McKenna believes it's still one of the most under-reported crimes.
In the past year there were 693 incidents reported to police, the equivalent of almost two every single day.
This represents a jump of 21.2 per cent on the 572 reported in the 12 months prior.
The data was released this week by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) for the 12 months to December 2019.
"It's one of the most under-reported crimes that we face," Orana Mid-Western Commander Supt McKenna said.
He said stigma, repercussions and bullying by the offender all result in the victim often being too scared to come forward.
"In the old days often a victim didn't want to come forward or give a statement ... now we can take action," Supt. McKenna said.
It's one of the most under-reported crimes that we face.Orana Mid-Western Commander Superintendent Peter McKenna
These days police will lay charges on behalf of the victim and officers are more proactive in apprehended violence order (AVO) checks.
"The police in Orana Mid-Western know the expectation, that is when they get called to a domestic violence incident that it will be thoroughly investigated," Supt McKenna said.
"The more we're doing it, the more confident victims feel."
Also revealed in the BOCSAR report was that break and enters at dwellings and businesses had fallen during the past year.
There were 521 break and enters at homes in the Dubbo council area, this is down 21.8 per cent from 666 the previous year.
While break and enters at non-dwellings were down by 34.5 per cent from 258 incidents to 169.
Mr McKenna said this result is due to proactive and calculated policing in targeting repeat or recidivist offenders who commit these crimes.
"We've got quick turnarounds in evidence like DNA and fingerprints," he said.
"We do a lot of work in the prevention and surveillance areas, and we're seeing a reduction in 65 per cent of Aboriginal youth charges."
Supt McKenna said community members can help deter criminals from committing break and enter offences.
"It's no longer a case where you can leave your doors unlocked anymore," he said.
"Have self awareness and make sure people lock up properly and report suspicious behaviour."
In the Dubbo council area there was a decline in six other crime categories, including:
- Sexual assault
- Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences
- Robbery without a weapon
- Robbery with a weapon not a firearm
- Steal from person
- Malicious damage to property