The vast majority of major crime categories have continued to remain stable or trend downwards, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released today, Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP and Minister for Police David Elliott said.
Mr Elliott of the 17 major crime categories – only one had increased in the 24 months to September 2019, while most have remained stable and four had fallen.
The five categories that recorded major trends included:
- Steal from retail store that has increased by 8.8 per cent;
- Break and enter dwelling has decreased by 6.1 per cent;
- Steal from dwelling has decreased by 2.8 per cent;
- Steal from person has decreased 5.8 per cent; and,
- Malicious damage to property has decreased by 3.7 per cent.
Mr Elliott said The Hills Police Area Command continued to do an outstanding job driving down crime in the local community and keeping it that way.
“The dedicated men and women in blue work incredibly hard to keep the people of Baulkham Hills safe,” Mr Elliott said.
“This includes our General Duties police, high-visibility officers and Region Enforcement Squad that maintain the thin blue line and crack down on petty crimes like theft and shoplifting.
“They also work with retailers on ways to prevent crime and safeguard their stores from sticky-fingered thieves in future.”
Mr Elliott while it’s never pleasing to see any rise in any criminal offence, the Baulkham Hills community could rest assured that the Government and local police pay very close attention to these statistics.
“Increased community awareness and reporting as well as more police on the beat proactively targeting criminals and putting people before the courts are also reflected in BOCSAR’s results,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Elliott said at the same time NSW Government was delivering 1,500 new police – the biggest increase to the Force in more than 30 years – as part of a record $583 million investment over four years.
“Community safety is our number one priority and this major boost in police means we’ll continue to have to have more police doing the right jobs in the right places to help keep people safe,” Mr Elliott said.
More information about police’s shoplifting prevention strategies can be found here: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/safety_and_prevention/safe_and_secure/business/pages/shoplifting.
To read BOCSAR’s full report published today, visit www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au.