Fraud cases soar on Coffs Coast
FRAUD, theft from retail stores, break-and-enters and domestic violence are some categories of crime that have seen an unsettling increase on the Coffs Coast over the past year.
This is shown in crime statistics released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, detailing local offences over the 12-months period to September.
The worrying results reveal a major increase in fraud cases in the Coffs Harbour and Grafton areas this year compared to last - a rise of more than 29.5%.
In the past two years, fraud cases have risen a startling 39.8% overall.
It is also an issue on the Mid-North Coast as well, having increased 23.1% in the past year.
The growth has been attributed by BOSCAR to the use of stolen credit cards, and to people failing to pay for fuel at service stations.
The second major increase in crime on the coast this past year has been theft from retail stores, rising 12.7% and the third has been break-and-enters to households, rising 9.1%.
While these fraud and theft numbers may be following a disconcerting trend, some relief can be found in the figures that reveal a significant decrease in thefts from a motor vehicle, falling by 12%.
Overall, rates of crimes including theft from homes and theft from a motor vehicle have fallen on the Coffs Coast, while domestic violence, malicious damage to property and non-domestic violence have risen.
Sexual assault, indecent assault and other sexual offence rates have remained stable.
The category with the highest number of crimes that occur on both the North Coast and Mid-North Coast remains malicious damage to property.
On a broader and positive scope, BOSCAR shows that in the past two years the only significant upward trend in NSW as a whole has been theft from retail stores.