South Australia

CRIME STATISTICS SHOW RECORD LOW

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward MP has welcomed the latest crime statistics released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) that show many crimes trending
down and many at their lowest record levels in over 20 years.

“It is extremely encouraging to see so many crimes going down and shows the extra 505 Police Officers the Liberal & Nationals Government has delivered is helping to reduce crime,” Ms Goward said.

“This Government is delivering on its commitment to increase police resources and strengthen their powers.

“In Goulburn there are some impressive downward trends in crime. These include:
  • Motor vehicle theft has decreased 38.9%
  • Steal from dwelling has decreased 37.3%
  • Break and enter dwelling has decreased 33.7%
  • Malicious damage to property has decreased 26.4%
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NSW Police Force, especially our local Police, for their hard work and diligence in lowering crime levels in our community,” Ms Goward said.

Across the state the quarterly statistics and long term analysis show significant downward trends for a number of crimes.
  • Robbery without a weapon (down 11.2%)
  • Break and enter dwelling (down 13.3%)
  • Break and enter non-dwelling (down 10.5%)
  • Motor vehicle theft (down 12.9%)
  • Steal from motor vehicle (down 5.0%)
  • Steal from person (down 11.8%)
  • Malicious damage to property (down 8.1%)
“It is pleasing to see that many crimes are at the lowest recorded levels in over 20 years.

The per capita crime rates in 2013 showed significant drops compared to rates in 1990. These lower rates were found for:
  • Motor vehicle theft (77% lower than 1990)
  • Robbery with a firearm (73% lower than 1990)
  • Break and enter non-dwelling (68% lower than 1990)
  • Break and enter dwelling (52% lower than 1990)
  • Murder (43% lower than 1990)
  • Robbery without a weapon (35% lower than 1990)
  • Robbery with a weapon not a firearm (29% lower than 1990)
“The NSW Government has delivered record police numbers and increased powers and resources for NSW Police to combat crime and we will continue to listen to the needs of police and the community,” Ms Goward concluded.

The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government has:
  • recruited and trained an additional 505 police officers;
  • legislated to give police the greater power to ban individuals from owning firearms and increased search powers for firearms including targeting criminal hang outs and homes;
  • strengthened consorting offences to stop criminals associating;
  • introduced new ‘Move On’ powers for Police and the offence of Intoxicated and Disorderly;
  • tightened the supply of ammunition to help prevent it falling into the hands of criminals;
  • reformed the Crime Commission to refocus on organised crime;
  • introduced new lockout measures and alcohol restrictions to curb drunken violence;
  • established a new Traffic & Highway Patrol Command and Transport Command to protect our community;
  • changed the right to silence laws to help compel witnesses to co-operate with investigators and prevent ambush defences;
  • introduced a licensing scheme with stringent probity checks for owners and operators of tattoo parlours so they can no longer be fronts for criminal activity;
  • banned bikies wearing their colours in Kings Cross and CBD venues;
  • passed new laws to stop criminals from putting forward ambush defences;
  • reformed the security industry to stop organised crime involvement in the industry;
  • rolled out Automatic Number Plate Recognition Technology (ANPR) to quickly identify criminals on the roads;
  • introduced mandatory life sentences for the murder of a Police officer; and,
  • rolled out 25 mobile Police Command Vehicles to have ‘police stations on wheels moving
  • around the community.
  • delivered record funding of $20.25 million to build and revitalise PCYC clubs across NSW

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