Author NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Published September 2017
Report Type Recorded Crime Audit
Subject Audits

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Key findings

  • Across the selected offences, one regional trend and eleven metropolitan trends would have been less favourable if rejected incidents had been included.
  • Total rejected incidents were stable in the 24 months to September 2017. Overall 2.2 per cent of incidents were rejected in the 12 months to September 2017.
  • Ten offences had a rejection rate above five per cent: non-domestic violence related assault (6.0%), sexual assault (5.3%), abduction and kidnapping (11.2%), robbery without a weapon (13.5%), robbery with a weapon not a firearm (6.6%), break and enter dwelling (5.8%), motor vehicle theft (9.2%), steal from dwelling (5.1%), steal from person (9.4%) and stock theft (8.6%).
  • For the selected offences across NSW LACs, there were ten uptrends and five downtrends in rejected incidents in the 24 months to September 2017. Three of the ten uptrends and two of the five downtrends were in rejected fraud incidents.
  • The Hume and Lake Illawarra LACs had uptrends in rejected fraud incidents, with high and increasing rejection rates. Camden LAC had an uptrend in rejected domestic violence related assault incidents, also with a high and increasing rejection rate, Wollongong LAC had a high and upward trending rejection rate for steal from dwelling incidents.
  • Fourteen LACs had high rejection rates for non-domestic violence related assault incidents, with uptrends in rejected incidents in the Eastern Suburbs and St Georges LACs.
  • The highest rejection rate across all LACs for selected offences was motor vehicle theft in Harbourside LAC (38.1%). Twenty one LACs in total had high rejection rates for motor vehicle theft.