Break-and-enter, assault rates fall in Bogan Shire

Crime rates fell across seven of the 17 major crime categories, and remained stable in seven others, in the Bogan Shire local government area (LGA) in the 12 months to September 2017.

The figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show incidents of break and enter non-dwelling fell significantly in the Bogan Shire, with just three recorded incidents in the past year compared to 23 in the year to September 2015 (a two-year fall of 87.0 per cent) and 11 in 2012 (a five-year fall of 72.7 per cent).

There were just 13 incidents of steal from a motor vehicle – a 63.6 per cent drop when compared with the 41 incidents in the year to September 2015, and down 40.9 per cent in the five years to September 2017.

Malicious damage to property also fell significantly, with 31 incidents in the year to September 2017 compared to 55 the previous year (43.6 per cent lower).

Non-domestic violence related assaults fell 43.4 per cent over five years, with 18 incidents in the year to September 2017 compared to 32 incidents in the same period of 2012.

There were no incidents of murder, robbery (with or without a firearm or other weapon), or steal from person in the last year, while steal from retail, steal from dwelling and motor vehicle theft were all stable.

Nyngan police’s Sergeant Tony Wood said the results, particularly around break and enter – non-dwelling which was impacting a lot of rural properties, were pleasing.

“Western region has been focusing a lot on rural crime … visiting people’s properties and increasing prosecutions for people that were detected committing rural crime,” he said.

“We [Darling River Local Area Command] are probably the most rural LAC in the state so it’s really been a priority of ours and the results are there to see.”

He credited Nyngan’s licensees for working together with police to bring down the rates of non-domestic violence assaults, and hoped cooperation with the community could continue.

“Nyngan has a historically low crime level, which is … a result of the community having a good relationship with police,” Sergeant Wood said.

“They feel comfortable working with us which allows us to target the right people at the right time.

“We’ll continue to target rural crime [and] maintain what have proven to be effective strategies and keep the Bogan Shire one of the lowest crime areas in the state.”