This report presents data on crime reported to, or detected by, the NSW Police Force from January 1995 to December 2015, with a focus on the statistical trends for the twenty-four months ending December 2015. The data were extracted from the Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS) of the NSW Police Force in February 2016.
The report includes an overview of trends in the most recent two-year period for major offence categories, firstly for NSW and then across NSW regions broken down to the Local Government Area (LGA) level. At the State level, for the 24-month period to the end of December 2015 one major offence category has been trending upwards: steal from retail store (up 6.7%). Seven of the 17 major offence categories were trending downwards: robbery without a weapon (down 19.3%), robbery with a firearm (down 41.8%), robbery with a weapon not a firearm (down 20.7%), break and enter dwelling (down 7.1%), break and enter non-dwelling (down 7.1%), motor vehicle theft (down 5.5%) and steal from motor vehicle (down 6.6%).
The NSW graphs for rates of violent and property offences are on page 7 of the report. For violent offences using the 12-month moving average (light grey line) we can see a downward path over the past five years and this can also be seen in the trend tests for the levels of reported offences in Table 1.1. The property offences graph using the 6-month moving average (light grey line) indicates a strong downward path since about 2000 to 2010, after which it stabilised before dropping again more recently. Table 1.1 for trend tests on the levels of property offences indicates a significant decrease over the last five years.