This report covers trends in crime across 154 Local Government Areas (LGAs) over the 24 months to March 2013.
The report shows falls in assaults on licensed premises, robberies without firearms, break and enter from non-dwellings and motor vehicle thefts. Most other categories of crime (including non-fatal shootings) are stable; however fraud and domestic assault are up. Over this period, the total number of assaults on licensed premises declined by 7.7 per cent. A significant downward trend was present for both pubs (down 6.6%) and clubs (down 13.2%). The number of assaults with a glass/bottle remained stable. Other noteworthy falls in crime include an 11.5 per cent decline in the incidence of robbery with a weapon not a firearm, a 7.4 per cent decline in break and enter non-dwelling and an 11.4 per cent decline in motor vehicle theft. Against this backdrop, the recorded number of domestic assault incidents increased by 4.8 per cent, while fraud increased by 18.1 per cent. The total number of non-fatal shooting offences peaked at 44 incidents in April 2012 but there is no systematic upward or downward trend over the 24 months to March 2013.
The Illawarra, North Western, Central West and Murray statistical divisions (SDs) did not exhibit any upward trends in any the major offences. Eight SDs recorded an upward trend in at least one offence.
Twelve of the sixteen metropolitan statistical subdivisions (SSDs) showed upward trends in at least one offence.
NSW trends in the expanded list of 62 offences
Among the expanded list of 62 offences for the 24 months to March 2013, in addition to the upward trends in assault – domestic violence related and fraud, 11 other offences showed an upward trend at the State level.