Monday, August 2, 2021

Crime down across NSW in the last two years, sexual assaults being reported more: Research

Major crime categories across the State have continued to remain stable or have fallen in the two years to June 2020, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data published today.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the report, which showed that only one of the 17 major crime categories had increased during the 24-month period.

The five categories which recorded major trends are:

· Steal from person – decreased by 25.4 per cent;

· Robbery without a weapon – decreased by 12.6 per cent;

· Steal from motor vehicle – decreased by 12.1 per cent;

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· Malicious damage to property – decreased by 5.4 per cent; and

· Sexual assault has increased by 9.4 per cent.

Mr Elliott said increases in reported sexual assault may be due to more victims reporting to police, rather than higher prevalence of the offence.

BOCSAR has also attributed part of the increase to more mandatory reporting of child sexual assault cases, which may not have otherwise come to light.

“During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world-class police officers have dedicated their time to enforcing public health orders to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.

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“The men and women in blue work incredibly hard to protect communities right across NSW, and it’s pleasing to see their efforts reflected in these results.”

The NSW Government is delivering 1,500 additional police to continue to detect and disrupt crime – the biggest increase to the Force in more than 30 years – as part of a record $583 million investment.

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“Community safety is the NSW Government’s number one priority and we will continue to ensure the police force has all the resources it needs to keep reducing crime,” Mr Elliott said.

To read BOCSAR’s full report published today, visit www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au.

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