Author NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Published June 2015
Report Type Recorded Crime Audit
Subject Audits

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Key findings

  • Across the selected offences, two regional trends and three metropolitan trends would have been less favourable if rejected incidents had been included in the data.
  • Total rejected incidents were stable in the 24 months to June 2015. Overall 1.9 per cent of incidents were rejected in the 12 months to June 2015.
  • Across all offences for NSW, there were uptrends in rejected incidents of indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences and trespass although rejection rates remained below 5% for each offence type and did not affect state trends.
  • Seven offences had a rejection rate above five per cent across NSW: non-domestic violence related assault (5.1%), abduction and kidnappingi (15.1%), robbery without a weapon (10.4%), robbery with a weapon not a firearm (5.2%), motor vehicle theft (7.4%), steal from person (6.9%) and stock theft (5.5%).
  • Police advice is that for the offences with high rejection rates, incidents have been validly rejected.
  • For the selected offences across NSW LACs, there were four uptrends and five downtrends in rejected incidents in the 24 months to June 2015. Three of the five LAC downtrends were in rejected incidents of fraud.
  • Both The Hume LAC and Tweed/Byron LAC had high and upward trending fraud incident rejection rates.
  • Ten LACs had high rejection rates for fraud incidents, with Monaro LAC the highest (19.5%).
  • Police advise that rejected fraud incidents were mainly failing to pay for petrol where the payment had been subsequently made.
  • The highest rejection rate across all LACs for selected offences was motor vehicle theft in Sydney City LAC (35.3%). Sixteen LACs in total had high rejection rates for motor vehicle theft.
  • Police advise that rejected motor vehicle theft incidents were when people forgot where they parked, or their car had been borrowed by a family member.