If you don’t lock your car in the Mid-Western region – here’s a good reason to start.
Theft from cars has seen the biggest increase in crime across the region according to data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR).
In the 12 months until June 2017 there were 133 recorded incidents of steal from a motor vehicle, up 43 incidents or 47 per cent on the previous year.
The theft of cars in the region also jumped from 25 in 2016 to 31 in 2017.
There were 191 vehicles stolen in Dubbo – 2.6 times the NSW average – and 653 incidents of items stolen from cars – three times the average.
In comparison, 137 cars were stolen in Orange during the same time period and 75 cars in Bathurst.
Malicious damage topped the list of crime across the Mid-Western with 241 recorded incidents, a slight decline of 11 incidents from the previous year.
Steal from person and steal from shop also increased, from 2 to 5 and 31 to 42 respectively.
The region has also seen a worrying increase in sexual and indecent assaults.
The BOSCAR data shows the region had 28 recorded sexual assaults compared to 25 the previous year, and indecent assaults increased by 11 to 40.
There has been a slight decline to recorded domestic violence related assault down to 114 from 120 in 2016.
Break and enter from a dwelling declined by 15 incidents, and break and enter from a non dwelling dropped by 7.
CENTRAL WEST CRIME DATA
Dubbo has topped the central west for the rate of domestic violence related assault, break and enter figures and motor vehicle theft.
While the number of domestic violence related assaults in some of the smaller towns were less than Dubbo, when compared to the rate per 100,000 people Gilgandra was almost three times the NSW average, Coonamble was 2.6 times higher, and Parkes and Wellington were both double.
In Walgett the number of incidents recorded during the 12 months was five times higher than NSW. The town was also four times the average for break and enters to non-dwellings and malicious damage to property.
Dubbo’s break and enter dwelling figures were 3.6 times greater than the rest of NSW. There were 569 incidents during the year. In Orange there were 375, Bathurst had 314, while the Mid-Western region had 97.