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Crime drop a first for NSW

Friday, 5th September, 2014

Dr Don Weatherburn Dr Don Weatherburn

By Emily Roberts

The latest data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has shown that, for the first time since it began collating the statistics, crime had fallen in NSW.

In Broken Hill, BOCSAR said, the level of crime was stable and had even fallen slightly.

The results from the 24 months to June 2014 were released yesterday.

In his report, the BOCSAR Director, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that this was the first time since the Bureau began publishing crime statistics 25 years ago "that none of the 17 major crime categories had increased".

While the report shows that in the Far West and Orana, sexual assault was up by 24.5 per cent, and stealing from shops up 30.3 per cent, Dr Weatherburn said Broken Hill was doing well.

"As far as the trends it has been all good news in Broken Hill," he said.

"There has been a 41.5 per cent drop in stealing from a motor vehicle."

Dr Weatherburn said there were 200 incidents of stealing from a motor vehicle leading up to June 2013, but in the lead up to June 2014, there had only been 117 incidents in the city.

Dr Don Weatherburn "Every other major crime in Broken Hill was stable. The biggest problem was that domestic assaults and malicious damage to property still remain
high," he said.

"Their numbers haven't changed but they are still a big problem."

He said all the statistics were collated from police reports.

Barrier Local Area Command Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said he was pleased with the results.

"The local police are always working hard and I think we have a good balance of young police officers working hand-in-hand with the experienced officers," he said.

"We also have a good working relationship with the community."

DI Stoltenberg said they will be working hard to target domestic violence and malicious property damage.

"It is a constant on-going task and we will look at the areas we need to deploy police and what we have to target.

"We will review crime tracking across the area."

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