The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has released its quarterly update of NSW crime statistics for the 24 months to March 2014.
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said, “Across the state 14 of the 17 major offence categories have remained stable or are going down in the 24 months to March 2014.”
“Most notably, the following crime categories are down across the state, with:
- Robbery without a weapon (down 15.7%)
- Break and enter dwelling (down 13.3%)
- Break and enter non dwelling (down 10.9%)
- Motor vehicle theft (down 10.3%)
- Steal from motor vehicle (down 3.7%)
- Steal from person (down 12.9%)
- Malicious damage to property (down 7.7%)”
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott is pleased to see most major crime categories are either
stable or falling.
In the Hills Shire, offences continue to be stable or falling when measured across
the two, five and 10 year periods leading up to March 2014.
“Locally we have seen breaking and entering and stealing from persons decrease which is
great news for our community.
“This is a pleasing result and I congratulate the NSW Police Force for their untiring
efforts in preventing crime and investigating offences,” Mr Elliott said.
Liberal candidate for Seven Hills Mark Taylor said NSW has seen only three major offence
categories increase over the two year period (fraud – up 8.6%), (indecent assault – up 12.1%) and (domestic violence-related assault – up 2.5%).
BOCSAR again reports that state-wide, most incidents of fraud relate to unauthorised uses of lost or stolen credit cards and bank cards. The most identifiable theft is stealing of cards from vehicles, houses and letterboxes, which are then used illegally.
“This is a good reminder to remain vigilant with your credit card and bank card information. Regularly monitor your statements to ensure there are no unauthorised charges or fraudulent activity. This is particularly important if you use your card for online transactions, or have a ‘pay-pass’ (or tap-and-go) feature on your cards,” Cr Taylor said.
“You are your best protection when it comes to identifying this type of fraud.
“I commend the men and women of the NSW Police Force on an outstanding effort in keeping our communities safe.”