CASES of fraud have boomed across Orange during the past year, fresh data shows.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released crime figures for the 12 months to September, with incidents in 14 of the 17 reported crime categories falling across the Central West in the past year, while three rose.
The biggest increase was cases of fraud which jumped significantly from 970 cases in the 12 months to September 2017, to 1145 cases in the year to September 2018 – an increase of 18 per cent.
Orange bucked the regional trend in domestic violence-related assault, falling from 273 incidents in the year to September 2017 to 245 in the same period this year.
Of those, 290 were in Orange, up from 209.
However, Orange bucked the regional trend in domestic violence-related assault, falling from 273 incidents in the year to September 2017 to 245 in the same period this year.
It compared to a 1.5 per cent rise from 1062 to 1078 incidents for the region.
Robbery without a weapon across the region rose slightly from 19 to 21 while Orange remained stable at seven incidents.
The biggest reduction in incidents came from break and enters in homes, falling 20.8 per cent from 1258 incidents to 1041.
Orange’s own statistics fell from 363 to 289.
There was also a significant drop in break and enter non-dwelling, with the number of reported cases in the Central West falling from 501 to 439, down 14.1 per cent, during the reporting period and 117 to 76 in Orange.
The number of motor vehicle thefts in the region also fell from 409 to 357, a drop of 14.6 per cent.
Of those 107 were in Orange this year, compared to 150 last year.
While there was the equivalent of more than six malicious damage cases reported every day during the past 12 months, the number was down on the previous reporting period.
There were 2403 cases in the year to September 2018 which was down 7.5 per cent on the 2587 incidents in the previous 12 months – Orange remained stable at 584 incidents.
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A statement by NSW Police said despite recorded crime incidents generally remaining stable or falling, the number of people proceeded against to court by police across NSW during the last 24 months rose by nearly 3000 to 164,123.
“This is due to an increased number of prosecutions for drug and theft offences, intimidation and breaching [apprehended violence orders],” the statement read.
“The number of people to referred to a youth justice conference also increased by 43.8 per cent (from 584 in the 12 months to September 2017 to 840 in the 12 months to September 2018).”
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