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Bureau report shows major crime rate fall across NSW

4 September 2014
The latest report from the Bureau of Crime Statistics shows a decrease in 7 of the 17 major offence categories in the 2 years to June 2014.
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The Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR) reported stable levels in the 10 remaining categories.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres welcomed the report’s findings, which he described as evidence that the police are doing “a fantastic job”.

“This is the first time in the Bureau’s history where none of the major crime offences increased here in NSW. It’s an outstanding result and I congratulate the NSW Police Force for their relentless efforts in preventing and investigating crime,” Mr Ayres said.

NSW Police Force numbers are now at record levels, with authorised strength of 16,396 officers.

Away from the major offence categories, there has been a 34.3% increase in prohibited and regulated weapons offences. There has also been a 22.3% rise in transport regulatory offences, which Mr Ayres attributes to “more pro-active policing on public transport networks”.

“I once again commend the men and women of the NSW Police Force on an exceptional effort in keeping our communities safe,” Mr Ayres concluded.

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