Statistics in several key crime areas are have fallen in locations that will form part of the new Orana Mid-Western police region.
According to figures revealed by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), incidents of break and enter – dwelling, steal from motor vehicle and steal from dwelling all fell significantly in the Narromine local government area (LGA), while statistics out of Dubbo and Mudgee were are also pleasing.
In the 24 months to September of this year, incidents of break and enter – dwelling fell 43.6 per cent (from 117 incidents in the year to September 2016 to 66 in the year to September this year), steal from dwelling fell 35.5 per cent (from 76 to 49) and steal from motor vehicle fell 34.2 per cent (from 76 to 50).
However, crime rates (calculated by number of incidents per 100,000 people) in Narromine in the year to September remained higher than the NSW average in nine crime categories: break and enter non-dwelling (5.9 times the state rate with 54 recorded incidents); sexual assault (3.1 times with 15 incidents); indecent assault (3.1, 19); steal from dwelling (2.9, 49); steal from person (2.8, 11); break and enter – dwelling (2.8, 66); motor vehicle theft (2.2, 25); malicious damage to property (2.1, 108), and; domestic violence related assault (2.0, 49).
In the nearby Dubbo Regional Council area, domestic violence related assaults fell 7.1 per cent, while motor vehicle thefts declined by 19.3 per cent,
Matters involving the theft of items from motor vehicles fell by 30.1 per cent, while steal from dwelling matters dropped 22.8 per cent.
The figures were well-received by Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, who oversees BOCSAR as part of his role as NSW Police Minister.
“This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe,” Mr Grant said.
“I would like to thank the community for doing their bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant.
“For the first time in nine years, recorded incidents of domestic violence assault have fallen.”
Speaking on the statewide, three per cent drop in domestic violence rates, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said new strategies have allowed police officers to place greater emphasis on perpetrators.
“For a long time, modern law enforcement has focused just on victims of domestic violence, which is entirely appropriate, but the perpetrators are the ones who need to be held to account,” Commissioner Fuller said.