Most major crime categories have seen downward trends or remained stable, according to the first Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP and Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said of the 17 major crime categories – only one had increased in the 24 months to June 2020, 11 have fallen significantly and the rest have remained stable.
The categories which recorded the biggest falls are:
- Steal from person – decreased by 36.6 per cent;
- Steal from motor vehicle – decreased by 21.9 per cent;
- Steal from retail store – decreased by 20.6 per cent;
- Break and enter non-dwelling – decreased by 20.5 per cent; and,
- Break and enter dwelling – decreased by 18.1 per cent.
Mr Elliott said the considerable effort by police to enforce public health orders has likely contributed to the results.
“Our community knows the dedicated men and women of The Hills Police Area Command work tirelessly to keep our community safe and it is pleasing to see that reflected in these results,” Mr Elliott said.
“The NSW Police Force worked hard to assist emergency services during fires and floods and to enforce public health orders throughout a challenging year, all while working to disrupt criminal activities.”
“The NSW Government is delivering an additional 1,500 new police over four years, a commitment to the continued safety of our great State.” To read BOCSAR’s full report published today, visit www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au.