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Release date: Tuesday, 17 April 2012,
The offence of 'discharge firearm into premises' rose by 41 per cent (from 71 incidents in 2010 to 100 incidents in 2011) in the two years to December 2011, according to the annual crime statistics report released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.
Around half of NSW recorded incidents of 'discharge firearm into premises' in 2011 were recorded in the three Sydney statistical subdivisions (SSDs) of Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Western Sydney and Fairfield-Liverpool.
The Bureau also noted statewide increases in a number of other categories, including:
On a more positive note, the number of recorded offences fell in a number of categories, including:
The other top 17 major categories of crime were stable across the State according to the Bureau. There were, however a number of upward trends in parts of Sydney and regional NSW.
Key regional trends
Seven statistical divisions (SDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:
Seven from sixteen metropolitan statistical subdivisions (SSDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:
Comments on trends
Commenting on the trends, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that while the increase in shooting incidents is a matter of serious concern, the frequency of this offence at the end of last year was still well below its peak in 2002.
"In 2002, NSW Police were recording about 30 shooting incidents a month. At the end of last year they were recording about 20 incidents a month. For reasons that are unclear, the offence appears to be cyclical."
"The increase in steal from a motor vehicle is a direct result of higher petrol prices. Whenever petrol prices rise, number plate theft goes up. Thieves put stolen number plates on their own vehicle to avoid identification when they drive into service stations, fill up and drive off without paying for their fuel."
"The increase in incidents of abduction/kidnapping is disturbing but the upward trend has actually brought the offence back to its long term level after unusually low figures were recorded in the latter half of 2009 and the first half of 2010."
"The increase in stock theft is substantial but the offence peaked in March 2011 and is now showing signs of decline."
The downward trend in assault on licensed premises reported in the last quarter was not present in this quarter with hotels, the biggest contributor, moving back to stable. However clubs managed to retain a significant downward trend (down 14.3%).
The Bureau also noted that, over the last two years the number of incidents of assault with a glass/bottle has declined significantly (down 11.9%) and for Sydney SD, the trend for this offence was down by 18 per cent.
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 9231-9190