CRIME in Orange is not getting worse, according to the latest report from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, despite public perceptions that safety in Orange is deteriorating.
Crime trends over the past two years in the Orange local government area have remained steady in all categories except motor vehicle theft.
Canobolas Local Area Command Superintendent David Driver said the perception that crime was on the increase was because of an increase in the media reporting crime.
"Good news doesn't sell papers," he said.
Charles Sturt University senior lecturer of justice studies Dr Alison Gerard agreed, saying the 24-hour news cycle meant people were being flooded with bad news.
"Certain types of crime are reported more regularly too, take the Jill Meagher case," she said.
"That went all over social media, yet the same crime on a sex worker wasn't nearly as reported."
The only significant drop was 47 per cent in motor vehicle theft and a 25 per cent drop in theft from motor vehicles.
Superintendent Driver said people should bear in mind the statistics were three months old and since they were compiled there had been an increase in stealing from motor vehicles.
"People have become a bit complacent and we are urging people to not leave valuables in the car," he said.
Superintendent Driver said certain crimes were more likely to fluctuate, particularly property crime.
He said police would make arrests and often, once the offender was released from jail, they would come back to the area and commit similar crimes.
"It's also to do with people coming through the area and moving in and moving out," he said.
In the 12 months to June there were 330 non-domestic violence related assaults in Orange and 273 domestic violence related assaults.
In the same time period the year before there were 390 non-domestic violence related assaults and 261 domestic violence related assaults.
There were 135 fewer houses broken into in the period between July 2012 and June 2013 compared to the year before.