Crime has continued to be a problem in Orange – but we’re not as bad as Dubbo.
Dubbo has topped the region for the rate of domestic violence related assault, break and enter figures and motor vehicle theft.
The data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows the number of incidents in Orange was lower than Dubbo, though higher than Bathurst, across a range of crimes.
In the 12 months until June 2017 there were 259 recorded incidents of domestic violence related assault in Orange, compared to 317 in Dubbo and 184 in Bathurst.
There were 375 incidents of break and enter dwellings in Orange compared to 569 incidents in Dubbo and 314 in Bathurst.
Dubbo’s motor vehicle theft and steal from motor vehicle were also higher than Orange and Bathurst.
There were 191 vehicles stolen in Dubbo – 2.6 times the NSW average – and 653 incidents of items stolen from cars – three times the average.
In comparison, 137 cars were stolen in Orange during the same time period and 75 cars in Bathurst.
Bathurst again had the best statistics of the three when it came to theft from motor vehicle. The city recorded 317 incidents, whereas Orange had 337.
It was only on the number of robberies that Orange exceeded Dubbo.
There were 22 robberies in Orange, 13 with a weapon that was not a firearm, two with a firearm and seven without a weapon.
That compared to 19 in Dubbo, of which three involved a firearm and 16 in Bathurst, of which two involved a firearm.
Canobolas Local Area Commander, Superintendent Shane Cribb said police were meeting their targets in reducing the number of crimes in the Orange region.
“Police are doing a fantastic job,” he said.
He said most of the robbery incidents were “softer targets” in Orange.
“It’s the robbery of the pizza driver, the robbery of the kid down at the park for his mobile phone,” he said.
“Robbery is a concern and we are working hard on that,” Superintendent Cribb said.