Media release: NSW Recorded Crime Statistics: Sep 2014 quarterly report (pdf 878Kb)
Release date: Wednesday, 3 December, 2014
In the 24 months to September 2014, none of the major offence categories showed a significant upward trend across the state as a whole.
Ten of the major offences showed significant downward trends:
The remaining seven offences were stable.
State-wide trends outside the top 17 categories
There were two notable trends outside the top 17 categories.
The first was a fall in shooting offences (down 23.6% for unlawfully discharge firearm; down 35.7% for shoot with intent other than to murder).
The second was a rise in arrests for drug offences (up 25.9% for possession/use of amphetamines; up 12.7 per cent increase in possession/use of cannabis).
Increases were also recorded in prohibited and regulated weapons; prostitution and transport regulatory offences but these may reflect more intensive law enforcement rather than increased crime.
Regional trends: Greater Sydney
Although there were no state-wide increases in the top 17 offence categories, increases in some offences were recorded in some statistical areas within Greater Sydney.
Widespread reductions in crime occurred in two areas of Greater Sydney. The Central Coast and the City and Inner South both recorded significant decreases in crime in at least seven out of the 17 major offence categories.
Regional trends: Outside Greater Sydney
In regional NSW, the overall pattern was better than in Sydney with only one area showing an increase in crime. The Central West recorded a 9.6 per cent increase in steal from a motor vehicle and a 21.1 per cent increase in fraud.
Although only one area in regional NSW showed an increase in crime, it should be noted that rates of crime remain much higher in the Far West and Orana than elsewhere throughout the State. Eight out of the 17 major offence categories in that statistical area have crime rates that are more than twice the State rate.
Comments on the findings
Commenting on the findings, Dr Weatherburn said that it was reassuring to see that once again none of the top 17 offences had increased.
'However the continued growth in arrests for use and possession of amphetamines is a matter of concern. The rise in arrests for amphetamine use is consistent with drug survey data in suggesting a rise in methamphetamine consumption.
National survey data, for example, show that the proportion of people using methamphetamine (ice) daily or weekly had jumped from 9.3% in 2010 to 15.5% in 2013. Seizures have also increased.'
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn (02) 9231-9190Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au