Shoplifting offences on rise

CRIME rates are reportedly declining on the Coffs Coast yet the number of shoplifting offences has increased dramatically.

Latest figures from the Bureau of Crime Research indicate that there has been a 90 per cent increase in shoplifting on the Mid North Coast.

Despite the upsurge in shoplifting, Bureau director Don Weatherburn said most crime categories had remained stable or fallen slightly over the September quarter.

“Although stable at the state level, stealing from retail stores is trending upwards on the Mid North Coast,” Dr Weatherburn said.

“The growth in stealing from a retail store is coming from alcoholic beverages, up 38.8 per cent, jewellery, up 18.3 per cent, and tobacco, up 10.6 per cent,” he said.

The number of recorded assaults on licensed premise fell by nine per cent over the past 24 months to September.

“The fall in assaults on licensed premises was very encouraging and was probably due to the tougher line now being taken against licensed premises that are repeatedly the site of violent behaviour,” Dr Weatherburn said.

Assaults (non-domestic), robbery with a weapon, break and enter to a dwelling, motor vehicle theft and steal from a motor vehicle have all fallen, along with steal from a person offences and malicious damage.

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