BOCSAR data to June 2018 shows incidents in major crime categories in region

CRIME DATA: Most major crime categories across the region have declined, but three have increased. Photo: FILE
CRIME DATA: Most major crime categories across the region have declined, but three have increased. Photo: FILE

CASES of robbery, theft and break and enter have dropped across the Central West during the past year, new data shows.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released on Wednesday details statewide crime figures for the 12 months to June 2018.

In the Central West, incidents in 14 of the 17 reported crime categories have fallen in the past year, while three have risen.

The biggest reduction was in the number of cases of robbery with a weapon not a firearm which dropped from 23 cases to 13, a reduction of 76.9 per cent.

There was also a significant drop in steal from retail store from 692 to 516 (down 34.1 per cent) and break and enter dwelling with cases dropping from 1333 to 1041 (down 28 per cent).

Fewer cases of steal from motor vehicle were also recorded – 1227 to 1065 (down 15.2 per cent) and steal from dwelling 805 to 696 (15.6 per cent).

There were also less cases of break and enter at non-dwellings with the number of incidents falling from 534 to 450 (18.6 per cent) during the recent reporting period.

Malicious damage to property was the most reported crime among the 17 categories, with the equivalent of more than six cases every day across the Central West.

Cases did fall however, from 2729 to 2380 during the reporting period which was the equivalent of a 14.6 per cent drop.

While the majority of major crime categories recorded a decline in incidents, there were increases in domestic violence related assault, sexual assault and fraud.

There was the equivalent of almost three cases of domestic violence related assault every day during the reporting period with 1072 incidents during the 12 month period. This was up slightly on the 1070 in the previous year.

Sexual assault cases also increased – from 247 to 252 (up two per cent).

While cases of fraud rose by 5.1 per cent, from 1030 to 1083 cases.

While cases of indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences did drop across the Central West (from 330 to 308), they rose by 7.3 per cent across NSW.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the public had greater confidence in alerting police to incidents partly due to recent social campaigns drawing attention to these types of crimes.

“A number of successful police investigations and a well-publicised Royal Commission into historical offences has had a significant impact on increased reporting,” he said.