THE central business district is still the most violent place in Orange, despite being well lit and having CCTV cameras.
The majority of the 361 non-domestic violence-related assaults in Orange occurred between Sale Street to the west, William Street to the east, Moulder Street to the south and March Street in the north and Summer Street right down the middle.
The area is defined by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research as having a “high” density number of assaults.
However, the April 2012 to March 2013 figures are down from the year before when there were 392 non-domestic violence-related assaults but they were in the same CBD blocks.
Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee chair councillor Glenn Taylor said he was not surprised the CBD still outranked other areas of town.
“It’s a bad reflection on society,” he said.
The number of CBD assaults outnumbered domestic violence-related assaults in other suburbs.
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Cr Taylor quoted examples of initiatives Orange City Council had launched to curb violence on the streets such as The Wingman program.
“It’s frustrating the message doesn’t get through,” he said.
A small percentage of non-domestic violence-related assaults occurred in South Terrace, Leura Road and Adina Crescent but the bureau could not reveal the number due to privacy reasons.
There were more non-domestic assaults (361) than domestic assaults (261) in the year prior to March.
While non-domestic violence-related assaults decreased by 8 per cent, domestic violence-related assaults were only down by 2 per cent from 267 in 2011.
The bureau named an area bordered by Bathurst Road to the north, Blowes Road to the south, Edward Street to the west and Lone Pine Avenue to the east as one of the hardest hit for domestic violence-related assaults.
Phillip Street in the north, Amaroo Crescent to the east, Bletchington street to the south and the Showground to the west was also an area of high density domestic assaults.
There are pockets near Robertson Park, Moulder Park and Cypress Street that were also mentioned.
Police did not respond to the Central Western Daily’s calls yesterday.