Shooting incidents have stabilised, assaults on licensed premises and muggings are down, but indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences are up, as are theft offences, according to this quarterly report on crime in NSW.
The report covers trends in recorded crime in NSW over the 24 month period to March 2012.
According to the report, there were 10 fewer incidents in the two categories of ‘discharge firearm into premises’ and ‘unlawfully discharge firearm’ in March quarter 2012 than in December quarter 2011.
Over the 24 months to March 2012, assaults on hotel premises fell by 7.7 per cent, while assaults on club premises fell by 11.0 per cent.
The number of incidents of assault with a glass/bottle in Sydney declined by more than 25 per cent (25.6%).
Unarmed robbery fell by 13.7 per cent.
Three major offence types are trending up across the State. These are indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences (up 5.2%); steal from motor vehicle (up 8.7%); and steal from dwelling (up 2.4%).
The upward trends were quite widespread. The South Eastern Statistical Division (SD) was the only SD that did not report an uptrend.