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Release date: Thursday 17 March 2022
Link to report summary:
Recorded crime statistics released today by the NSW Bureau of
Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show major decreases in crime during
both COVID-19 lockdowns.
This fact, combined with previous long-term declines, means many
crimes are at historic lows.
In 2021, the rate of the following offences was at the lowest
level since BOCSAR crime records commenced 27 years ago in 1995: murder,
robbery, burglary, car theft, stealing offences and malicious damage to
Property offences fell sharply during both lockdowns. These crimes
remain well below pre-pandemic levels, even after mobility restrictions have
Violent crime, by comparison, showed a different pattern during
the pandemic. Counts of both sex offences and non-domestic assault, were
temporarily low during both lockdowns. However, both promptly returned to
pre-pandemic levels once restrictions were eased.
Commenting on the findings, Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director
at BOCSAR, said it was unsurprising that the huge social upheaval caused by the
lockdowns had a flow on effect to criminal activity. “What was unexpected is that the downward
trend was so consistent across offences.
For those offences that remained low in December 2021, it will be interesting
to observe how long it takes for crime rates to return to pre-pandemic levels
as NSW residents resume regular activities.”
Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director, 0423 139 687
Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au