Major crime down in most categories across region

THE hard work of police across the Northern Rivers is reflected in statistics which reveal crime across the region is down in some major crime categories.

Thefts from motor vehicles across the Ballina Local Government Area LGA halved, with a 50.1% drop recorded in the year to December 2012 according to the Bureau of Crime Statistic and Research.

In the 12 months to December 2012 there were 175 reported thefts from motor vehicles in the Ballina LGA, about half the 351 in the 12 months to December 2011.

The number of vehicles stolen across the Richmond Valley LGA also fell by almost a third, with a 31.5% drop, from 108 in 2011 to 74 in 2012, in the year to December 2012.

Reported incidents of malicious damage also dropped by 16.1%, from 441 in 2011 to 368 in 2012 across the Richmond Valley.

In both the Lismore and Kyogle LGAs major crime offences remained stable.

The only major crime category that had a significant rise was in Byron Bay LGA where theft from dwellings rose by 31.1% over the past year.

The number of thefts from dwellings in the Byron Bay LGA rose from 164 in the 12 months to December 2011 to 215 in the 12 months to December 2012.

All other major crime categories in the Byron Bay LGA remained stable.

Richmond Local Area Command acting crime manager Detective Inspector Bernadette Ingram acknowledged the public in supporting police.

"The commitment of all police across the command is reflected in these good results," she said.

"With public assistance we will continue the fight against crime through strategies such as focusing on hotspots, targeting repeat offenders and intelligence based operations."



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