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The latest crime figures continue the pattern of stable or falling crime in NSW established over the last decade.

In the 24 months to March 2011, 11 of the 17 major offences were stable and five were trending downwards. One offence, assault – domestic violence related, was trending upwards (up 1.2%). The offences trending downwards were:

o Robbery without a weapon (down 12.9%)
o Robbery with a weapon not a firearm (down 11.1%)
o Break and enter non-dwelling (down 10.4%) o Motor vehicle theft (down 10.3%) and
o Malicious damage to property (down 9.1%).

Eight statistical divisions (SDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:

o Sydney: Assault – domestic violence related (up 3.3%)
o Hunter: Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences (up 14.2%) and fraud (up 18.6%)
o Illawarra: Break and enter non-dwelling (up 22.3%)
o Mid-North Coast: Steal from retail store (up 14.8%)
o Northern: Assault – domestic violence related (up 5.9%), indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences (up 14.6%), break and enter dwelling (up 19.9%), motor vehicle theft (up 6.6%) and steal from motor vehicle (up 6.8%)
o North Western: Assault – domestic violence related (up 12.9%)
o Murrumbidgee: Steal from retail store (up 17.0%) and
o Far West: Fraud (up 44.9%).

Ten of the sixteen metropolitan statistical subdivisions (SSDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence. They were as follows:

o St George-Sutherland: Assault – domestic violence related (up 5.3%)
o Canterbury-Bankstown: Assault – domestic violence related (up 14.1%)
o Fairfield-Liverpool: Steal from retail store (up 9.8%)
o Outer South Western Sydney: Steal from retail store (up 18.7%)
o Outer Western Sydney: Assault – domestic violence related (up 9.9%) and steal from person (up 16.6%)
o Blacktown: Steal from motor vehicle (up 12.0%)
o Central Northern Sydney: Assault – domestic violence related (up 1.1%)
o Central Coast: Break and enter dwelling (up 21.3%) and fraud (up 25.7%)
o Newcastle: Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences (up 14.7%) and fraud (up 14.9%) and
o Wollongong: Break and enter non-dwelling (up 35.6%).

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