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​​Major crime rates continue to fall or remain stable ​

Issued: Monday, 3 April 2017

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Minister for Police Troy Grant today welcomed the latest quarterly report by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), which shows crime rates continue to be at record lows.

Mr Grant said the BOSCAR report shows 16 out of 17 major offences have either fallen or remained stable over the 24 months to December 2016 including murder, domestic violence and robbery.

"This is great news for NSW residents, and is further proof that our tough stance on crime is paying off," Mr Grant said.

"Our police force is one of the best in the world and these statistics show their innovative policing methods get results.

"NSW Police officers dedicate their lives to the safety and protection of the community, and I thank them for their outstanding efforts in keeping crime rates low."

There were falls in six major offences including robbery with a weapon not a firearm (down 13.9 per cent), robbery without a weapon (down 13.3 per cent), steal from person (down 13.3 per cent), motor vehicle theft (down 7.3 per cent), break and enter (down 6.2 per cent) and fraud (down 3.9 per cent).

The 10 major crime categories that remain stable are:

  • Murder;

  • Domestic violence related assault;

  • Non-domestic violence related assault;

  • Sexual assault;

  • Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences;

  • Robbery with a firearm;

  • Break and enter non-dwelling;

  • Steal from motor-vehicle;

  • Steal from dwelling; and

  • Malicious damage to property.

The statistics also show that crime is either stable or in decline across the majority of regional NSW.

"The latest figures show crime rates in NSW have been falling significantly over the past five years in both major cities and many regional towns," Mr Grant said.

 "It is also important to note that violent offences such as murder and assault only make up a small proportion of all crime, and the vast majority of people charged with criminal offences are convicted and punished.

"However, we cannot be complacent. The NSW Government will continue to provide police with the support and resources they need to keep communities across the State safe."​

For more information go to: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au