Crime rates on the rise
REPORTS of domestic violence and theft in the Clarence Valley rose last year.
The latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) annual report reveals that 216 domestic violence assaults were reported in the Clarence Valley in 2013, as opposed to 187 in 2012.
The increase coincided with a drop in non-domestic violence related assaults
from 335 to 310, and a slight rise in the number of sexual assaults, from 48 to 53.
BOCSAR director Don Weatherburn said increases in sexual assault and other sexual offences across the state may be partly due to increased reporting by the victims.
Mr Weatherburn said a large proportion of the increase in indecent assaults, act of indecency and other sexual offences had come from an increase in reports by child victims, and could also be attributed to active campaigns encouraging reporting of sexual offences, which include indecent assaults.
Long-term statistics included in the 24-month report also showed an increase of 3.8% in violent offences in the Clarence from January 2009 to December 2013.
In terms of theft, 87 more counts of 'steal from dwelling' were reported in the Clarence Valley in 2013 than in 2012.
In almost all other categories detailed in the report, crime rates across the Clarence Valley were either stable or had declined.
Malicious damage to property showed the largest decline in reported incidents.
In 2012, 806 incidents of malicious damage were recorded in the Clarence Valley, compared to 635 incidents in 2013.
2013 CLARENCE VALLEY CRIME STATS
- 216 domestic violence-related assaults
- 283 steal from dwelling
- 121 motor vehicle thefts
- 176 counts of fraud
- 285 break and enters (dwelling)
- 1 murder
- 120 steal from retail store