BOCSAR release crime figure for Bogan local government area

Overall crime rates in Nyngan have fallen across major crime categories in the Bogan Shire Local Government Area (LGA) in the 12 months to March 2018.

Break and enters have significantly dropped in Nyngan, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

In the 12 months to March 2018, there were 15 incidents of break and enters to either dwellings or non-dwellings, a significant decrease from the 31 reported in the same time period last year. 

Motor vehicle theft also fell significantly, with nine incidents reported compared to 15.

However, incidents of fraud have increased in the LGA with 13 cases reported to police, compared to 9 last year.

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

Domestic and non-domestic related violence remained stable across the state and in the Bogan Shire. There were 43 incidents reported to police.

There was a spike in indecent assaults with 7 reports in the past 12 months, compared to the previously reported three. 

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

“Every fortnight the Central North Police District has a meeting to review crime statistics across the region. Nyngan is consistently the most crime free of all towns,” Sergeant Wood said.

“It’s a reflection of the safe community and the good relationship police have with members of the public.”

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

Sergeant Wood said the overall drop in break and enters is the ability to have a suspect nominated very quickly, allowing police to take action and prevent further incidents of crime. 

“We have a great town that works with the police, and who won’t tolerate crime in our community,” he said.

In terms of fraud Sergeant Wood is encouraging residents to remain vigilant of anyone asking for personal details, access to computers and asking to transfer money.

“The main concern with this category is it’s ever evolving, they target victims with new methods,” he said. 

Sergeant Wood advised that if residents have concerns regarding the legitimacy of a phone call, to stop, hang up and seek advice.

“Remain vigilant and if you are concerned speak to a trusted friend, or call the police. 

“No matter is too small, we’re here to help,” he said.