Crime statistics – Coffs Clarence

SEXUAL assault, domestic violence and shoplifting are on the rise in the Coffs-Clarence region, while every other major crime category has fallen or remained relatively stable.

Latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show a 22.1% increase in sexual assault charges and a 17.2% increase in shoplifting over the 12 months to March.

Police laid 669 charges for domestic violence over the same period - a 9.5% increase on the preceding 12 months.

The most notable decreases were to robbery with a firearm (down 25%), home break-ins (down 22.3%) and armed robbery with a weapon other than a gun (down 20%).

Across the state, stealing from a dwelling was the only one of the 17 major category offences to increase with a 2.5% rise.

BOCSAR director Don Weatherburn said the drop in major crimes masked a significant increase in drug abuse, with three out of every 20 Australian adults regularly smoking meth.

"However the continued growth in arrests for use and possession of amphetamines is a matter of concern," he said.

"Since January 2010, the number of arrests for use and/or possession of amphetamines has risen by more than 200%.

"National survey data shows that the proportion of people using methamphetamine (ice) daily or weekly had jumped from 9.3% in 2010 to 15.5% in 2013.

"Seizures have also increased." -APN NEWSDESK

COFFS-CLARENCE MAJOR CRIMES

Murder

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 3

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 2

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -33.3%

Domestic assault

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 669

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 733

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - +9.5%

Non-domestic assault

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 769

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 754

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -1.9%

Sexual assault

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 122

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 149

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - +22.1%

Indecent assault

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 201

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 156

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -22.3%

Robbery without a weapon

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 22

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 18

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -18.1%

Robbery with a firearm

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 4

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 3

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -25%

Armed robbery without a firearm

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 15

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 12

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -20%

Break and enter dwelling

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 747

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 580

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -22.3%

Break and enter non-dwelling

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 378

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 397

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - +5%

Motor vehicle theft

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 299

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 306

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - +2.3%

Steal from motor vehicle

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 936

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 778

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -16.9%

Shoplifting

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 267

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 313

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - +17.2%

Steal from dwelling

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 604

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 516

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -14.5%

Steal from person

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 89

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 56

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -37%

Fraud

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 526

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 431

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -18%

Malicious property damage

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2014 - 1587

12 MONTHS TO MARCH 2015 - 1582

PERCENTAGE CHANGE - -0.3%



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