Crime in the Bogan Shire is on downward trend, as the Central North Police District focus on targeting property crime.
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Break and enters to non-dwellings, such as businesses, steal from motor vehicles and malicious damage offences have all decreased from 2018 to 2019 in the shire, said Central North Police District Inspector Ben Dawson.
The number of break and enters to non-dwellings reported to the police decreased from 17 incidents to 7, while malicious damage to property shrunk from 38 to 28 incidents, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data.
Inspector Dawson said the reported number of domestic violence offenders for both assaults and intimidation had also decreased.
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"Police within the sector are tasked on a daily basis with proactive duties including foot patrols of CBD areas, speaking with local residents and conducting rural patrols for trespass/theft offences," he said.
Identified offenders or suspects of property crime and domestic violence offenders are a focus for police. Police conduct regular checks on these persons around their compliance on enforceable bail conditions and Apprehended Violence Orders."
While property offences were low, Inspector Dawson said there were always things residents could do to protect their home and business.
He said many thefts were opportunistic so securing property was important. That includes keeping cars locked, removing property from the back of utes or trucks and locking buildings when they're unattended.
Inspector Dawson recommends never leaving money in buildings overnight. He said appropriate lighting and CCTV could also be a significant deterrent.
"The Central North Police District has a crime prevention officer who can also conduct a free security assessment of your business or home if you wish. For this free security assessment, contact Nyngan Police and a suitable time will be arranged with you," the District Inspector said.
For those on rural properties there is a rural crime workshop planned for Nyngan on March 27. It will involve discussions on the police's response to rural crime, firearm legislation like safe storage and property theft.
Inspector Dawson said there was some significant work done in the Bogan shire around property offenders and rural crime.
In 2019 a number of people were charged with rural crime matters, including property theft and trespass offences. It resulted in a 12 month investigation that lead to significant arrests and search warrants that enabled police to recover stolen firearms and other property.
Inspector Dawson said it was one of the things that lead to a reduction in break and enters to non-dwellings.
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