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Release date: Tuesday, 19 April 2011, Embargo: 10.30am
State-wide changes (major offence groups)
The broad picture among the 17 major offence categories is largely one of stable or falling crime. In the24 months to December 2010, ten of the 17 major offences were stable and seven were trending downwards. No major offences were trending upwards across the State. The offences trending downwards were:
The downward trend in assault on licensed premises reported in the last two quarters has dropped back to stable across all licensed premises, but continued for clubs (down 16.9%) and nightclub/licensed restaurant/winebar (down 16.8%).
Eight Statistical Divisions (SDs) nevertheless showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:
The increase in
steal from retail store is being driven to a large extent by thefts of clothing, food and beverages (particularly alcohol). The increase in
steal from motor vehicle in the Central West SD are associated with petrol theft and number plate theft.
Two metropolitan statistical subdivisions (SSDs) showed upward trends. They were:
The best performing LGAs were
Sydney, with downward trends for six of the 17 major offences, andKu-ring-gai, with downward trends for five of the 17 major offences. Eight LGAs had upward trends for two of the 17 major offences. They were:
Among the expanded list of 62 offences for the 24 months to December 2010, 12 showed an upward trend. They were as follows:
Most of these offences are discovered by police rather than reported to them. The increases may therefore reflect increased law enforcement activity rather than increased crime. The exceptions are
cocaine and amphetamine use, which other data suggests is increasing.
Commenting on the overall trends, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that they reflected the general pattern of stable or falling crime rates that has been evident across Australia since 2001.
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 9231-9190 or 0419-494-408Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.auView reports in pdf