Crime rates down and stable

Published 17th April, 2015 in Police & Justice

Crime data shows sixteen of the state’s major offence categories have either decreased or remained stable.

NSW Police Force officers on duty
NSW Police Force: officers on duty.

The quarterly crime data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) was recorded over a 24 month reporting period, up to the end of December 2014.

BOCSAR reported crime rates had fallen or remained stable for:

  • Robbery with a weapon not a firearm and without a weapon: recorded a substantial fall of 14.5% and 21.7% respectively
  • Break and enter non–dwelling: is down 12.8%
  • Steal from person: is down 14.6%
  • Non–fatal shootings: remains stable, a continuing trend for the past five and ten years.

The crime data showed one major offence category had increased steal from dwelling recorded a 3.2% increase over the reporting period.

The data captured by BOCSAR also highlighted a significant increase in the possession or use of illicit drugs in and around the areas of Baulkham Hills, the Hawkesbury, Coffs Harbour and the Central Coast.

To find out more about the crime rate data see BOCSAR's report NSW Recorded Crime Statistics 2014.

Published 17th April, 2015 in Police & Justice