Fraud offences such as the theft of credit and bank cards has risen over the past two years in the Coffs Clarence Local Area Command.
Fraud offences such as the theft of credit and bank cards has risen over the past two years in the Coffs Clarence Local Area Command. Rob Wright

Fraud on rise, but other are crimes falling

THE Coffs Clarence Local Area was identified as one of four police commands where incidences of fraud rose considerably in the two-year period to September.

The finding was revealed in the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) report released this week.

All major categories of crime across New South Wales either remained stable or fell, except for fraud.

These offences increased by 20.7%.

BOSCAR spokesman Dr Don Weatherburn said compared with past years, failing to pay for petrol from service stations accounted for just a small percentage of the fraud offences - just 6%.

Most of the recent increases came from the unauthorized use of credit and bank cards, Dr Weatherburn said.

Across the state, eight of the major offences showed downward trends.

These included non-domestic assaults (down 3.8%), robbery without a weapon (down 8.0%), break and enter to dwellings (down 6.7%), break and enter to non-dwellings (down 7.7%), motor vehicle theft (down 11.2%), steal from motor vehicle (down 3.9%), steal from person (down 10.8%) and malicious damage to property (down 6.4%).

There were sizeable increases in a number of recorded drug possession offences, including possession of cocaine (up 45.3%), amphetamines (up 13.6%) and other drugs (up 23.2%).

These increases may be due to more intensive law enforcement rather than increased drug use.



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