Crime down across Richmond Tweed police commands

CRIME across the Richmond and Tweed Byron police commands is down in almost all categories except fraud according to the latest data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

The only obvious spike in the latest data revealed today from BOCSAR showed the Lismore local government area experienced a 47.2% increase in instances of fraud with 209 offences recorded in the 12 months to September 2015.

Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said fraud was a growing area of concern across the command.

"Fraud is an issue, not just for this area but for the state and nationally and internationally," he said.

"There has been a massive increase, mostly in online fraud.

"Police are constantly warning people not to give out details online, to ignore emails from senders they don't know, to have strong passwords, to consider all email requests for personal information to be suspicious and not to give bank account details out via email.

"People also should be wary of purchasing items online from sites like Gumtree and Ebay."

The number of murders across the Richmond Tweed in the 12 months to September 2015 was one, compared with five in the previous 12 months.

Robbery with a weapon incidents climbed from 15 to 20 over the period, but robbery with a firearm dropped from three to zero.

Malicious damage to property was the most prevalent offence across both police commands with 2,233 reported incidents which was almost 200 less than the previous 12 months.

Det Chief Insp Lindsay said despite the spike in fraud offences, crime was down across most other areas.

"It is very pleasing to see the dramatic decreases in crime across the local area command," he said.

"Particularly in property related crime like break and enters, steal from motor vehicles and motor vehicle theft.

Technology is helping drive down crime, Det Chief Insp Lindsay said, as well as proactive policing.

"The advances in DNA and forensic evidence we have taken advantage of help us to identify and take action at a higher rate for those types of offences," he said.

"We are working very hard on crime diversion programs, particularly targeting youth.

"We are running a cooking program where young offenders learn how to cook and we've had success in gaining employment for some of those involved at local take away shops.

"It tends to keep young people crime free once they've obtained employment and works as an alternative to committing crime.

"We are also placing a lot greater emphasis on proactive policing - that's engaging with known offenders on a regular basis out on the streets."

Ballina

Domestic violence related assaults down 34.8%

Steal from motor vehicle down 16.2%

Steal from dwelling down 18.8%

Malicious damage to property down 17.7%

Byron

Domestic violence related assaults down 32.4%

Non domestic violence related assaults down 21.7%

Steal from dwelling down 6.9%

Malicious damage to property down 21.1%

Lismore

Steal from motor vehicle down 18.9%

Fraud up 47.2%

Richmond Valley

Steal from dwelling down 20%

*no data was available for the Kyogle LGA



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