Latest BOCSAR results show most crime categories down for Orange

Hard work from Orange police have seen thefts from dwellings drop by almost 17 per cent in the last two years and a 10 per cent drop in assaults.

In addition, there were no significant rises in crime trends for the two years to September for the Orange local government area, according to the latest statistics from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).

Most categories experienced small drops, though not enough to count as an official downward trend, instead remaining stable.

There were 230 recorded non-domestic violence-related assaults for the 12 months to September 2017 for Orange, down from 255 the previous year, in one of the most positive outcomes.

Comparatively, Dubbo had 397 incidents and Bathurst had 237.

When it came to thefts from houses and other dwellings, Orange had 33 less incidents for the year than to September 2016.

The city had 162, compared to 278 for Dubbo and 130 for Bathurst.

There were positive signs in other crime categories for Orange with 61 less thefts from vehicles compared to the previous 12 months, and 41 less dwellings broken into.

Unfortunately, 42 more cars were stolen last year.

Statewide, police were celebrating a 3.5 per cent decrease in domestic violence over 24 months, the first time in nine years they had recorded a drop.

“The last time we saw domestic violence assault drop in NSW was 2008. I would like to pay tribute to all the people working tirelessly at the coal face to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account,” Police Minister Troy Grant said.

“The NSW government has committed more than $350 million over four years in the 2017/18 budget to break the cycle of domestic violence that has plagued our state for too long.

Domestic violence figures for Orange remained fairly stable with 272 incidents for the year to September, down from 279 for the previous 12 months.

A western NSW high-risk domestic violence team has also been rolled out to service part of the state, including Orange.

It is hoped the squad can help Orange improve its current statistics that have it ranked 25th in the state for rate of domestic violence.

The crime remains a blight on Western NSW with 380 cases recorded in Dubbo for the 12 months to September 2017, and 197 incidents at Bathurst.