THE number of cars stolen in the the Mid-Western Regional Council area has been increasing during the past year, new data shows.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research's latest report shows figures in the local government area for the 12 months to March 2019.
In the Mid-Western region, the number of incidents in eight of the 17 reported crime categories have fallen during the past year, six have risen and three remain the same.
The biggest percentage increase was in the number of motor vehicle thefts, which the report showed had increased from 28 to 44 incidents (up 57.1 per cent).
However, the number of steal from motor vehicle reports declined by 30.0 per cent, down from 100 cases to 70 during the 12-month period.
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Also experiencing a significant decline was the number of indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences category, with cases dropping from 30 to 17 (down 43.3 per cent).
There was also a decline in the number of homes broken into during the reporting period, with cases falling from 82 to 67 (down 18.3 per cent).
There were more assaults reported in the Mid-Western Regional Council area during this 12-month period.
Domestic violence related assaults increased by 12.1 per cent (from 124 to 139), while non-domestic violence related assault jumped by 14.5 per cent (from 110 to 126).
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Cases of steal from a retail store jumped from 34 to 53 (up 55.9 per cent).
There were more cases of malicious damage to property in Mudgee during the past year compared to any other crime category.
During the 12-month period, there were 294 cases, which represents a slight increase on the 289 that occurred during the previous year.
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