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Crime stats fall

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

By Darrin Manuel

There has been a stunning drop in crime across New South Wales, and Broken Hill appears to be one of the centres leading the way.

Figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released yesterday showed that crime in the city had dropped or remained steady in almost all categories.

In the last 12 months the incidence of theft from a motor vehicle has gone down 43 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Theft from a dwelling also dropped by 30 per cent, along with sexual assault (25 per cent), break and enter (24 per cent), and common assault (11 per cent).

The only significant rise in crime came in the form of theft from retail stores, with 32 incidents reported this year as opposed to 21 up to September 2013.

The results were equally pleasing in the Central Darling Shire, with domestic violence falling by 26 per cent, malicious damage to property down by 33 per cent, and a 60 per cent drop in stealing from cars.

The region’s performance is in keeping with the rest of NSW, with police describing the statewide average crime reduction as “the best on record”.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said all major crime categories having fallen or remained stable across the State.

According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR), 10 of the 17 major offence categories have fallen with seven remaining stable in the 24 months to September 2014.

“In light of last quarter’s excellent results, this is particularly outstanding,” said Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres. 

“It’s the second time in a row, and in the Bureau’s history, where none of the major crime offences increased here in NSW.

“Our police have outdone themselves and I congratulate them for their relentless efforts in preventing and investigating crime.”

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