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Release date: 10.30am, Wednesday 03 June 2020
Full report: NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update June 2020, pdf 1.2Mb
In the 24 months to March 2020, the number of recorded domestic assaults increased by 4.1 per cent, the number of sexual assaults rose by 7.9 per cent, and the number of incidents of robbery with a weapon not a firearm was up by 10.5 percent. One offence trended down over the last 24 months (steal from person; down 10.4%) and the remaining 13 categories of crime remained stable.
Several areas of Sydney have seen significant increases in reports of domestic assault. Significant increases were seen in:
Sexual assault increased in two of the 15 Sydney Statistical Areas:
Incidents of robbery with a weapon not a firearm also saw significant increases in Blacktown (up 34.2% or 26 incidents) and Outer South West (up 60.7% or 17 incidents). However, even with this increase the occurrence of this offence is still at a historic low.
Regional NSW saw the following upward trends:
Commenting on the findings, Executive Director of BOCSAR, Jackie Fitzgerald, said that the recorded crime figures released today reflect trends in recorded crime pre-COVID 19. "We know that the social distancing measures which commenced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on the NSW Criminal Justice System. The full extent of this impact will be analysed in a forthcoming BOCSAR publication."
Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director, 0423 139 687
Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au