Crime still an issue in Coffs
COFFS Harbour and Nambucca are bucking a statewide trend which sees a decrease in major crime.
The latest statistics from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) were released yesterday and it’s a real mixed bag.
Statewide, BOCSAR says murder, assault and sexual assault rates are stable, while break and enter, motor vehicle theft and fraud are on the decrease.
In our region, major crime like assaults, robbery and fraud have all remained stable in the period from 2008 to 2009, but there are some crimes that have risen exponentially.
In Nambucca there was a massive 68.4 per cent increase in motor vehicle theft and in Coffs Harbour, steal from person and malicious damage, rose 20.3 per cent and 14.3 per cent respectively.
However, there was an impressive 20 per cent drop in both malicious damage and non-domestic violence related assault in Nambucca, while Coffs Harbour enjoyed a 23 per cent drop in break and enter offences.
BOCSAR director Don Weatherburn refused to attribute the isolated theft increase to the recent global financial problems.
“I have seen no impact of the global financial crisis at all,” he said.
“If you’re going to see an effect of a global financial crisis on crime the sort of thing you would be looking for is a big increase in young people out of work for more than a year. It didn’t seem to hit Australia severely enough to have that effect.”
Coffs Harbour also lists in the top 50 Mid North Coast Local Government Areas for our incidences of both domestic and non-domestic related assault, sexual assault, theft, steal from motor vehicle and malicious damage.
Nambucca makes the top 50 for sexual assault, steal from dwelling, assault and motor vehicle theft, while Bellingen makes an appearance in steal from dwelling and sexual assault.