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Release date: 10.30am, Wednesday 15 September 2021
Link to report summary - NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update June 2021
statistics released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
(BOCSAR) show that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in
the two years to June 2021. As previously reported, 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 most violent offending, including
domestic assault, non-domestic assault and robbery, has returned to
pre-pandemic levels. By contrast, many property offences, including theft and
break and enter, remain below pre-pandemic levels.
In the 24
months to June 2021 one of the 17 major crime categories was trending upwards,
six were trending downwards and the remaining ten were stable. The offences trending downwards were:
The only major offence to show a significant upward trend in
the 24 months to June 2021 was sexual assault. Recorded incidents of sexual
assault rose 21.0 % year-on-year to June 2021 (up 1,367 incidents).
As reported last quarter, in March 2021 sexual assault
reports spiked by 61% in-line with an unprecedented community focus on the
prevalence and response to sexual violence.
The sharp increase in March 2021 was temporary.
However, irrespective of the March 2021 spike, sexual
assault reports have increased in the last 24 months (up 16.2% year-on-year excluding
the March 2021 increase).
The increase in sexual assault is due to rises these three
categories of sexual assault:
The increase in adult victims appears to be almost entirely among female
victims. While victimisation increased
for women of all ages, the rise was larger for women aged 18 to 24 years. The
majority of the increase was also driven by assaults between intimate partners,
mainly boy/girlfriend and spouse/ex-spouse.
the findings, BOCSAR Executive Director, Jackie Fitzgerald, expects that in the
time since this data was collected, crime trends will have been significantly
impacted by the current COVID lockdown. “We
know from 2020 that stay at home orders interrupt criminal activity and lead to
sharp falls in many crimes. The impact of the most recent restrictions will be closely
monitored in the coming months as NSW residents gradually resume regular
Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director, 0423 139 687
Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au