Crime rates plunge in Coffs Harbour
Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has commended police in the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command for their exceptional work in fighting local crime.
Mr Fraser said that the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a testament to the proactive work of NSW police in detecting and preventing crime.
For the first time since June 2015, there have been no increases in the 17 major crime categories in NSW.
The latest quarterly report from BOCSAR shows 13 major crime categories have remained stable, with four falling in the 24 months to March 2017.
Mr Fraser said local statistics from the Coffs Harbour electorate followed the state-wide trends, with eleven offences remaining stable or trending down.
There are significant downward trends in the following areas:
- Breaking and entering dwellings down 41.3%
- Stealing from motor vehicles down 35.7%
“This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe,” Mr Fraser said.
“I would like to thank the community for doing their bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant,” Mr Fraser said.
Despite the very encouraging trends evident in the quarterly update, it is clear more needs to be done in some regional areas.
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is determined to turn these statistics around, and will ensure police across the state have the resources they need to investigate and prosecute these crimes.
“We are committed to working closely with Commissioner Fuller and our new Regional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Gary Worboys, to ensure our local police are properly supported to prevent and disrupt crime in country areas.”