Crime figures stable or down in Mid-Western Region

Statistics in key crime areas have fallen in the Mid-Western Region – according to the figures revealed by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) – as the area heads for a new era of policing.

No major offence rose in the Mid-West local government area in the 24 months to September of this year. With all remaining stable or trending down. Assault – non-domestic violence related and Steal from dwelling saw decreases of 23.6 and 19.3 per cent respectively.

Member for Dubbo and Minister for Police, Troy Grant, said, “this latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe”.

“I would like to thank the community for doing their bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant.”

The report comes on the eve of the pending merger of the Orana and Mudgee Local Area Commands

Dubbo Regional LGA didn’t see any increase in major offences either over the two years, with decreases in five categories – the largest in Steal from Motor Vehicle, down 30.1 per cent.

Commander of the newly created Orana Mid-Western Police District, Superintendent Peter McKenna - in Mudgee for the launch of the Shades of Blue art exhibition recently – said that the local area won’t miss out in the merger.

“There will be police there, as there was yesterday, as there was a week before, and in fact, there is probably going to be more there in the coming weeks,” he said.

According to the report crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen. The only major exception to this is stealing from a retail store (up 4.7 per cent) - half is attributable to an increase in the theft of liquor.

Seven offences trended down the remaining nine were stable. Those heading down were; domestic violence related assault (3.5 per cent); break and enter - dwelling (7.8); break and enter – non-dwelling (5.8); steal from dwelling (5.7); steal from person (11.1); fraud (8.5); malicious damage to property (2.7).

Regional NSW generally fared better than the Greater Sydney, apart from increases in stealing from a retail store in a number of areas.