Property crime rates fall across NSW

MURDER assault and robbery offences have remained stable but property crime rates are falling across NSW, the Bureau of Crime Statistics has revealed.

Data released on Thursday showed car theft was down by 11%, break-ins by 7.6% and vandalism by 5.3%.

Despite a drop in some of Sydney's western suburbs, domestic violence rates remained stable across the board thanks to a disturbing spike in offending in the Newcastle and NSW north coast regions.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said a notable rise in fraud offences should serve as a warning for people to protect their credit card and banking details.

He said police were doing all they could do catch "skimming gangs" across the state but extra care needed to be taken.

A 70% increase in charges relating to ecstasy possession, was put down to major operations at music festivals in Sydney and Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay.

Mr Scipione said one life saved was worth the police resources allocated to the operations and warned officers would continue to target drug supply at major music events.



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