Crime rate drops in the Valley

THE latest crime statistics show the Clarence Valley is becoming a safer place in which to live.

Figures from the past two years show a significant drop in assaults, breakin and entering and thefts from cars, while other major crimes have remained 'stable'.

Assaults dropped more than 22 per cent, breaking and entering by more than 16 per cent, while thefts from cars were down by more than a quarter.

The reductions reflect state-wide trends. In NSW, 15 out of 17 major categories of crime have either fallen or remain stable over the past two years.

Minister for Police Tony Kelly said it represented the hard work put in by NSW police.

"These figures show that our modern, smart policing strategies are clearly achieving results," Mr Kelly said.

"Our officers are using intelligence-based policing and the latest technology to target where crime is happening. Today's data indicates these strategies are providing an effective weapon in the fight against crime."

Grafton Police Association president Detective Tony King agreed the figures reflected the hard work police were doing in our community.

"It means that police are actually out there doing their jobs," Det King said.

He said the police association had been campaigning to get police a wage increase for the past year and the figures supported the association's request.


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