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Release date: 19 April, 2011, Embargo: 10.30amNew figures on long-term trends in crime released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that some categories of crime in NSW are now at the lowest levels they have been for 20 years. Comparing per capita rates of crime in 2010 with per capita rates in 1990, the Bureau found that the rate of:
The falls in these categories of crime, however, have been matched by increases in recorded rates of
sexual assault and 'other'
sexual offences. Compared with 1990 the rate of:
Commenting on the findings, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that most of the increase in
sexual assault happened in the late 1990s.
Sexual assault continued to increase, but at a much lower rate after 2000.
Assault remained stable after 2001 but is now showing signs of decline.Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 9231-9190, 0419-494-408