WHEN it comes to burglary, Orange residents are safer then they were 12 years ago.
Theft is significantly down across all sectors in the Orange local government area except for the crime of stealing from a retail store, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) results.
From 2000 to 2012 break and enters are down 40 per cent, motor vehicle theft is down 33 per cent, stealing from a dwelling is down 52 per cent and stealing from a person is down 23 per cent.
However, the region did not see the same decrease in crime that metropolitan areas experienced.
BOCSAR director Don Weatherburn said one of the reasons for this was a higher unemployment rate in the central west.
“The average weekly earning rose substantially in NSW but it seemed to be concentrated in the urban areas,” he said.
“Also the heroin shortage caused quite a big drop but it was a much bigger problem in Sydney than it was in the central west.”
Dr Weatherburn believes a solution to the problem of crime in the region is ensuring young people in the central west have jobs where they are earning “decent money”.
“Young people tend to resort to crime for money or entertainment and you need to stimulate the economy,” he said.
The number of thefts from a retail store was significantly higher with an increase of 44 per cent but police had been running targeted operations which could account for the higher incidents recorded.
In the central west the burglary rate was down by 42 per cent but in Sydney it was down by 69 per cent.
Stealing from a motor vehicle was down by 63 per cent in Sydney but only 20.9 per cent in the central west.