BOCSAR data to June 2018 shows incidents in major crime categories in region

CRIME DATA: Most major crime categories across the region have declined, but three have increased. Photo: FILE
CRIME DATA: Most major crime categories across the region have declined, but three have increased. Photo: FILE

CASES of domestic violence assault, assault, robbery without a weapon, motor vehicle theft, steal from a motor vehicle and malicious damage have dropped across the Hilltops during the past year, new data shows.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data released on Wednesday details statewide crime figures for the 12 months to June 2018.

In the Hilltops, incidents five of the 17 reported crime categories have fallen in the past year, while seven have risen and three have remain unchanged.

The biggest reduction in the Hilltops was in the number of cases of domestic violence related assault which dropped from 109 to 80.

There was also a drop in malicious damage from 220 down to 217, as well as steal from a motor vehicle with cases dropping from 76 to 70 non domestic violence related assault 106 down to 86.

Fewer cases of motor vehicle theft were also recorded – 39 to 22 and steal from dwelling 73 to 40.

There were increases in sexual assault, incident assault, break and enter dwelling, break and enter non dwelling, steal from a motor vehicle, steal from a person and fraud.

The number of sexual assault cases rose from 19 to 45 across Hilltops and indecent assaults increased from 33 to 38.

Break and enter to a non dwelling increased from 33 to 38.

While cases of fraud rose from 58 to 76 cases.

Steal from a retail store increased from 35 reports to 40 and break and enters to a dwelling from 48 to 57.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the public had greater confidence in alerting police to incidents partly due to recent social campaigns drawing attention to these types of crimes.

“A number of successful police investigations and a well-publicised Royal Commission into historical offences has had a significant impact on increased reporting,” he said.