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Release date: 7 June 2011
The latest crime figures for the most part continue the pattern of stable or falling crime in NSW established over the last decade, according to figures released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.
24 months to March 2011, 11 of the 17 major offences were stable and five were trending downwards. One offence, assault - domestic violence related, was trending upwards (up 1.2%). The offences trending downwards were:
Eight statistical divisions (SDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:
Ten of the sixteen metropolitan statistical subdivisions (SSDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:
The best performing LGAs were Marrickville and Ku-ring-gai, with downward trends for six of the 17 major offences. One LGA (Coonamble) had upward trends for five of the 17 major offences and three LGAs had upward trends for three offences. These were the Port Macquarie-Hastings, Gunnedah and Tamworth Regional LGAs. Details are provided in Table 3.3A on pages 18-19 of the report.
NSW trends in the expanded list of 62 offences
Among the expanded list of 62 offences for the
24 months to March 2011, 16 showed an upward trend at the State level. In addition to assault - domestic violent related, mentioned above, they were:
Other noteworthy trends
The downward trend in assault on licensed premises (down 8.7% across all licensed premises) has returned after the stable result reported in the quarter to December 2010.
The first three months of 2011 saw a spike in the number of offences involving 'unlawfully discharge firearm' and (to a lesser extent) 'discharge firearm into premises', but the overall trend in these offences remained stable over the 24 months to March 2011 for NSW.
The first three months of 2011 also saw a spike in the number of incidents of stock theft, particularly in the Murrumbidgee, Murray and South Eastern Statistical Subdivisions.
Commenting on the overall figures, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that the upward trends are largely confined to detected crime as opposed to reported crime.
"t is difficult to ascertain in these cases whether the increase in recorded crime reflects an increase in the actual incidence of crime, an increase in law enforcement activity, or both.
The exception to this is the upward trend in recorded incidents involving use and/or possession of amphetamines. Past research by the Bureau suggests that an increase in arrests for this offence usually signals an increase in amphetamine consumption."
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 02-9231-9190