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Release date: 07 December 2010
The number of recorded assaults on licensed premises has fallen by nine per cent over the 24 months to September 2010, according to figures released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research ( see attached graph in pdf - 42Kb).
The Bureau's figures show that across the State as a whole:
The regional changes were generally down but, as usual, some areas of NSW did experience an increase in recorded crime.
There were a number of significant changes outside the major 17 crime categories.
Commenting on the changes, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that the fall in assaults on licensed premises was very encouraging and was probably due to the tougher line now being taken against licensed premises that are repeatedly the site of violent behaviour.
"The increases in possession and use of cocaine and possession and use of amphetamines are probably indicative of increased use of these drugs, as past research has shown that arrests for possession and use of cocaine and amphetamines increase whenever overdoses on these drugs increase."
"The increases in failing to appear in court and transport regulatory offences, on the other hand, are probably due to increased law enforcement activity".
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 02 9231 9190 (work) 0419-494-408 (mobile)Graph in pdf (42Kb) Assault recorded by NSW Police, occurring on licensed premises October 1995 to September 2010