Crime rates in the Valley

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) has released the latest data on crime rates and it’s a mixed bag of results. The 12-month trend from March 2016 to March 2017 for the Bellingen Shire Local Government Area offences are as follows:

  • Domestic violence related assault: 40 (2016: 34)
  • Non-domestic violence related assault: 33 (2016: 28)
  • Sexual assault: 6 (2016: 5)
  • Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences: 10 (2016: 5)
  • Robbery with a weapon not a firearm: 1 (2016: 0)
  • Break and enter dwelling: 21 (2016: 20)
  • Break and enter non-dwelling: 41 (2016: 28)
  • Motor vehicle theft: 13 (2016: 17)
  • Steal from motor vehicle: 40 (2016: 39)
  • Steal from retail store: 9 (2016: 5)
  • Steal from dwelling: 21 (2016: 29)
  • Steal from person: 0 (2016: 2)
  • Fraud: 33 (2016: 19)
  • Malicious damage to property: 77 ( 2016: 63)

Statewide, NSW Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller APM said all major crime categories have remained stable or continue to fall.

“None of the 17 crime categories had increased in the 24 months to March 2017,” NSW Police Commissioner, Mr Fuller said.

“This result goes to show how targeted and proactive policing is helping to drive down crime across the state.”

BOSCAR data showed the offences trending down were:

  • Robbery with a weapon not a firearm – (down 10.9%)
  • Break and enter – dwelling (down 5.9%)
  • Steal from person – (down 15.2%)
  • Fraud – (down 4.3%)

All other offences remained stable.

“While we’re seeing great results across the board, there is still a lot of work to be done including building a more efficient structure for the future of policing in NSW,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“Our commitment is putting the community first and ensuring our police have the structure and support behind them to continue preventing, disrupting and responding to crime.

“In line with the statewide trend, crime is either stable or falling in regional areas with a just few exceptions.

“The recent appointment of a dedicated Regional Deputy Commissioner will further enhance police capabilities to target and respond to all levels of crime including drug and rural crime.”

Commissioner Fuller said “police officers throughout the state work hard every day to put the communities they serve first and foremost … and I am pleased to see these results reflecting their hard work”.