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Crime figures show improvement in Richmond, Tweed

RICHMOND and Tweed local area commands have reported a significant fall in domestic violence, as well as stealing from vehicles and homes during the two years to last September.

The figures, compiled by the Bureau of Crime Statistics, were released last week. Our region was the only one in NSW to show a decrease in stealing offences from motor vehicles, down 13.6 per cent.

The decrease in domestic violence, as well as the decrease in stealing from dwellings, in our area was in line with State averages. Richmond-Tweed reported a 9 per cent decrease in domestic violence over the past two years, slightly ahead of the State average of 8 per cent. Stealing from homes decreased by 8.7 per cent, again just ahead of the State average of 7.8 per cent down.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Det Insp Steve Clarke said the fall in crime had much to do with a fresh, combined approach between police and inter-governmental agencies, allied with a growing awareness by the public on how to best protect themselves against these crimes.

Det Insp Clarke said Richmond LAC was now engaged in fighting alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour.

He said people who continued to flout the law with regard to antisocial behaviour would be 'case managed' in future.



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