Release date: 10.30am, Wednesday 09 December 2020
Link to report summary - NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update September 2020
New recorded crime statistics show many major offences were lower in quarter 3 of 2020 compared with historic norms. All high volume property and many violent crimes fell sharply in April 2020 in line with measures to reduce the spread of the pandemic. Since then offending has increased, but in most cases is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.
An exception to this is sexual assault which rose 10% year-on-year to September 2020. This is the only offence to show a significant upward trend over that period. The increase in sexual assault is due to a rise in contemporary child sexual assault reports (that is, not historic child sex reports or adult victimisation).
These 11 offences showed downward trends in the 24 months to September 2020:
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