Major crime reduction in Clarence Valley

BY ADRIAN MILLER

CRIME figures released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research indicate major crime in the Clarence Valley has reduced in the past five years, while harassment, threatening behaviour and private nuisance have increased dramatically.

And since 2003, the number of sexual assaults are up by more than 60 per cent.

According to the figures, the incidences of harassment, threatening behaviour and private nuisance have increased from 338 in 2000 to 580 in 2004.

In 2003 there were 79 recorded sexual assaults, but that jumped to 127 in 2004.

Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said the figures reflected state-wide trends.

He said police had to spend too much time dealing with young offenders.

"Major crime statistics are going down all across the state, which is a good sign," he said.

"But the big problem we have in the Clarence is juvenile anti-social behaviour.

"I think the police are spending a lot of time, particularly around Grafton, dealing with young, underage drinking and juvenile offences."

Mr Cansdell said while police were doing an admirable job with the resources at their disposal, the figures could be influenced by people not reporting offences.



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