CASES of sexual assault, theft from a retail store and motor vehicle theft have dropped in Cabonne Shire during the past year, new data shows.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released on Wednesday, September 5 details statewide crime figures for the 12 months to June 2018 with specific figures for Cabonne Shire Council also released.
In the Central West, incidents in 14 of the 17 reported crime categories have fallen in the past year, while three have risen.
In Cabonne, incidents in six of the 17 categories fell while six rose and the remainder were unchanged.
The biggest reduction in the central west was in the number of cases of robbery with a weapon not a firearm which dropped from 23 cases to 13, a reduction of 76.9 per cent.
In Cabonne the biggest reduction was in the number of cases of motor vehicle theft and thefts from motor vehicles.
Motor vehicle thefts dropped from 19 to 10 and theft from motor vehicles from 27 to 18.
There was also a drop in break and enter non dwelling from 25 down to 16.
Fewer cases of domestic violence assaults were also recorded – 30 to 28 and sexual assault 16 to eight.
In contrast across the central west there was the equivalent of almost three cases of domestic violence related assault every day during the reporting period with 1072 incidents during the 12 month period. This was up slightly on the 1070 in the previous year.
In Cabonne there were also less cases of stealing from a retail store with the number of incidents falling from four to two during the recent reporting period.
There were increases in non domestic violence related assaults, indecent assault, break and enter dwelling, steal from a dwelling, fraud and malicious damage.
Non domestic violence related assaults rose from 16 to 22 and indecent assaults from 10 to 16.
While cases of break and enter to a dwelling rose from 29 to 37 cases.
Fraud cases reported rose from 28 to 45 and incidents of malicious damage from 44 to 56.
Incidents of robbery without a weapon (0), robbery with a firearm (0), robbery with a weapon not a firearm (0) and steal from a person (0) remaining unchanged.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the public had greater confidence in alerting police to incidents partly due to recent social campaigns drawing attention to these types of crimes.
“A number of successful police investigations and a well-publicised Royal Commission into historical offences has had a significant impact on increased reporting,” he said.