Full report - NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update September 2015 (pdf, 904Kb)
Release date: 10.30am Wednesday, 9 December, 2015
In the two years to September 2015, one major offence showed a significant upward trend, eight major offences were trending downward and the remaining eight offences were stable. The offence showing an upward trend was steal from retail store, which rose by 5.3 per cent.
The offences trending down were:
Although the pattern in Greater Sydney generally mirrored the state-wide trends, there were some notable exceptions. These included:
Only five statistical areas in regional NSW experienced upward trends in crime. These were:
Offences involving the use and possession of illegal drugs continue to rise; particularly those involving cocaine and amphetamine-type substances (e.g. methamphetamine). Over the 24 months to September this year there were increases in the recorded frequency of:
There were also increases of 13 per cent in breach bail conditions and 47 per cent in transport regulatory offences. According to the Bureau, these last two offences are likely to reflect increased law enforcement rather than increased crime.
Commenting on the findings, Dr Weatherburn said that, while the continuing reduction in non-domestic assault, robbery and break and enter was very encouraging, the continued growth in arrests for use and possession of amphetamines is a matter of concern.
"Over the last five years in NSW the number of first-time arrests for use and/or possession of amphetamines has risen by 60 per cent."
"Every part of the State is affected but some of the biggest increases have occurred in regional NSW, with first-time arrests increasing by more than 70 per cent in the statistical areas of Coffs-Harbour-Grafton; the Shoalhaven; the Far West and Orana; and the Murray."
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn (02) 8346 1100
Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au