NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update June 2020

Crime across most of NSW has remained stable or
fallen in the two years to June 2020. 

The only major exception to this is sexual
assault which rose 9.4% year-on-year to June 2020. A similar upward trend was reported in the previous quarterly report. 

Four offences have trended down over the last 24
months. The remaining 12 offences were stable. The offences trending down were:

  • Robbery without a weapon (down 12.6%)
  • Steal from motor vehicle (down 12.1%)
  • Steal from person (down 25.4%)
  • Malicious damage to property (down 5.4%)

As previously reported, crime patterns were
significantly interrupted in April 2020 by the pandemic response. In June 2020,
recorded incidents of break ins, car theft and retail theft were still
considerably lower than the same period in 2019. 

Greater Sydney Statistical
Area

Sexual assault increased in two of the 15
Sydney Statistical Areas:

  • Blacktown
    (up 24.4%, or 71 additional incidents)
  • Sutherland
    (up 59.2%, or 45 additional incidents)

The only other major offence category with a
significant upward trend in the Greater Sydney Statistical Area was domestic
assault. Two Sydney regions had a significant increase in recorded rates of
domestic assault in the past two years:

  • Baulkham
    Hills & Hawkesbury (up 32.7%, or 123 additional incidents),
  • Parramatta
    (up 9.9% or 175 additional incidents)

Regional NSW

Regional NSW saw the following significant
upward trends:

  • Three
    of the 13 statistical areas showed a significant increase in recorded
    rates of sexual assault;
    • Hunter
      Valley excluding Newcastle (up 19.7% or 59 additional incidents),
    • Illawarra
      (up 33.7% or 66 additional incidents), and:
    • Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven (up
      63.9% or 62 additional incidents).
  • Domestic
    violence related assault increased in the Murray (up 25.1% or 127 additional incidents)

Commenting on the findings, Executive Director of BOCSAR, Jackie
Fitzgerald, said the continuing increase in reported sexual assaults is a
worrying trend.  “It appears that at
least some of the increase in sexual assault is related to an increase in
secondary and mandatory reporting of child sexual assault. We will continue to
closely monitor trends in this offence.”

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