MANY crimes have been reduced throughout the Northern Rivers thanks largely to advances in forensic investigation techniques and proactive policing.
However, fraud offences shot up 13% in the two years to June and the rate of assaults, sexual assaults, car thefts and robberies remains stable, according to the latest statistics.
Bowser burglars pilfering petrol were the main culprits behind the surge in fraud in the Richmond/Tweed statistical area, police said.
Interestingly, most commands in the state recorded no significant movement in the rate of fraud offences - although Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven recorded a massive 55.5% rise.
Meanwhile, steal from person offences dived nearly 33% in our region, while break and enter dwelling offences dropped 12% and malicious damage to property dropped just over 3.5%.
There was no significant movement for domestic or non-domestic assault, sexual and indecent assault, motor vehicle theft and robbery.
CRIMINAL INCIDENTS - MAJOR OFFENCES RICHMOND/TWEED For 12 months to June 2014 (Compared 12 months to June 2013)
- Sexual assault 210(220)
- Robbery without weapons 35(39)
- Robbery with a firearm 2(8)
- Robbery with a weapon 14(30)
- Break and enter 1007(1147)
- Motor vehicle theft 483(492)
- Steal from retail store 519 (583)
- Steal from person 138(205)
- Fraud 991(876)
- Malicious damage to property 2559(2655)
- Assault - domestic violence 1033(939)
- Assault - non domestic violence 1276(1384)
Richmond LAC Inspector Matt Keogh previously said re-offenders contributed largely to crime across the command.
Insp Keogh was adamant advances in forensic investigation techniques, such as fingerprinting and DNA, were combining with proactive policing to lower the rate of crime.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Don Weatherburn said, generally, crime was dropping or stabilising statewide.
"Nevertheless, as far as sexual assault and assault are concerned, there is still a long way to go," Dr Weatherburn said.
"These offences have not shown the substantial reductions that other categories of crime have shown," he said.
BOCSAR's major offences data also shows in the 12 months to June, Lismore topped our region for sexual and indecent assault offences at 130 incidents.
Tweed, the largest Local Government Area in the command, was by far the worst for domestic and non-domestic assaults and break and enters, with 955 and 486 offences recorded, respectively.
Generally, the Tweed LGA had more crimes committed overall, but it has a larger population than other local areas.
Throughout the New South Wales there have been significant rises in the past two years in amphetamine-related offences, prohibited and regulated weapon offences, and transport offences.