OUR CRIMEFIGHTERS ARE KEEPING US SAFE

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has commended Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command police for their exceptional work in fighting local crime.

Mr Fraser said the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a testament to the proactive work of local police in detecting and preventing crime.

In the 24 months to September 2017, only one of the 17 major offence categories showed a significant upward trend across NSW, while seven categories showed downward trends.

Mr Fraser said statistics for the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area followed the state-wide trends, with several offences remaining stable or trending down.

“Locally, it is very reassuring to see downward trends in the following major crime categories:

 Assault – domestic violence-related is down 14.1%

 Steal from motor vehicle is down 21.5%

 Steal from retail store is down 36.5%

 Malicious damage to property is down 12.2%

“This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe,” Mr Fraser said.

“I would like to thank the Coffs Coast community for doing its bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant.”

Minister for Police Troy Grant said for the first time in nine years, recorded incidents of domestic violence assault have fallen.

“The last time we saw domestic violence assault rates drop was in 2008, so it’s an incredible result and great news for all the people working tirelessly at the coalface to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account,” Mr Grant said.

“These statistics signal a major step forward in the battle to combat this scourge, and with a streamlined and modernised policing structure coming into full effect state-wide early next year, our response to domestic violence and all serious crime will be bolstered.”