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 said of the 17 major crime categories – only two had increased in the 24 months to December 2019, while most have remained stable and one had fallen.
The five categories that recorded major trends included:
- Steal from retail store that has increased by 8.3 per cent;
- Domestic violence has increased by 5.0 per cent; and,
- Steal from person has decreased by 7.1 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 said 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.
“I have raised concerns about the increase in domestic violence with the Local Area Commander and I am advised that the rate of reporting has increased.”
“People should always feel empowered to come forward when it is safe to do so and make a report to the NSW Police and hold perpetrators to account.”
Mr Elliott said at the same time the 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.