Sex crimes up by 18% Drugs top NSW crime list
SEXUAL assaults are on the rise in the Coffs-Clarence region while cases of most major crime categories are falling.
Latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures reveal a 4.3% increase in domestic violence charges from April to June compared to the same quarter last year.
Common assaults were up 1% while sexual assaults jumped 17.7% over the same period.
The research also uncovered a 25% growth in shoplifting charges, up from 272 cases in 2014 to 430 this year. Stealing from a person had the biggest fall of 26.8%, followed by a 22.5% decrease in indecent assaults.
Across the state, the biggest increases all related to drug offences.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione attributed the upsurge to law enforcement concentrated efforts on targeting illegal drugs.
"NSW Police will continue to work hard to tackle the scourge of illegal drugs and the detrimental impact they are having on our communities," he said.
"We have seen time and time again the irreversible damage drugs have on individuals, their families and the wider community.
"We must therefore stay strong in our resolve to keep the pressure on those who choose to perpetuate this illegal trade."