Break-ins to homes decrease in Dubbo region, shoplifting soars

LATEST CRIME STATS: While break and enters declined, shoplifting soared locally and across NSW. Photo: FILE
LATEST CRIME STATS: While break and enters declined, shoplifting soared locally and across NSW. Photo: FILE

The number of break and enter incidents in homes in the Dubbo Regional Council area declined during the past 12 months, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).

In the 12 months to June 2019 there were 535 recorded break and enters into homes, compared to 646 in the previous 12 months to June 2018.

While break and enters declined, shoplifting soared locally and across NSW.

The statistics show that in addition to the drought, retail stores had to contend with 369 incidences of shoplifting to June 2019 - compared with 286 to June 2018.

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When compared to the rest of the state the Dubbo Regional Council area had about three times the rate of domestic violence related assault, robbery with a weapon not a firearm, break and enter, malicious damage and steal from motor vehicle offences reported.

Other key crime numbers

  • Thefts from motor vehicles 766 (up from 669)
  • Domestic violence related assaults 663 (up from 413)
  • Malicious damage to property 1183 (up from 1061)
  • Fraud 392 (up from 368)
  • Sexual assault 67 (down from 81)

Around the western region, Coonamble's recorded rate of break and enter offences was about 11 times higher than the rest of NSW. Narromine's rate of break and enters to businesses was about seven times higher than the rest of NSW.

"The last two years have seen a continued increase in law enforcement activity," acting BOCSAR executive director Jackie Fitzgerald said.

"In the 24 months to June 2019, only one of the 17 major offences significantly increased across the state. One was trending down and the remaining 15 offences were stable.

"The offence trending upwards was steal from retail store (up 6.5 per cent).

"This increase is largely due to more shop stealing incidents occurring at licenced premises and supermarkets. The most commonly stolen objects are...alcoholic liquor, cosmetics, toiletries and clothing."

Ms Fitzgerald said the number of people police have taken court action against in NSW increased by three per cent.

"By contrast the number of juveniles proceeded against fell by seven per cent," she said.

"Decreases were seen both in the number of young people proceeded against to court and in the number formally diverted from court."